Two killed, four injured in horrific wreck on U.S. 285

Highway closed for hours Thursday evening during investigation

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/27/21

An unidentified Englewood woman and a 2-year-old died in a car crash on U.S. 285 at Kings Valley in Jefferson County Aug. 26 in a head-on collision that left four others seriously injured and closed the busy highway for more than four hours.

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Two killed, four injured in horrific wreck on U.S. 285

Highway closed for hours Thursday evening during investigation

Posted
An unidentified Englewood woman and a 2-year-old died in a car crash on U.S. 285 at Kings Valley in Jefferson County Aug. 26 in a head-on collision that left four others seriously injured and closed the busy highway for more than four hours.
 
At press time, Colorado State Patrol was not releasing the names of anyone involved in the accident. Master Trooper Gary Cutler said CSP has received reports that the driver who caused the accident was driving recklessly. CSP is investigating alcohol and excessive speed.
 
Cutler said a 2021 red Dodge Ram 1500 driving southbound on U.S. 285 at about 3:40 p.m. Aug. 26 was passing another vehicle on a double yellow line and collided head-on with a 2010 Ford F-150 driving northbound that was pulling a trailer. Cutler said the collision pushed the Ford backward from the impact.
 
The driver of the Ram, a 36-year-old man from Colorado Springs, and his passenger, a 68-year-old woman, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, he said.
 
The driver of the Ford, a 55-year-old Englewood woman, died at the scene and the 2-year-old girl who was in a child safety seat died at the hospital. The other two passengers, a 35-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, both of Englewood, also were seriously injured. The adults in the Ford were not wearing seatbelts, Cutler said.
 
It was not known at press time whether the people identified as Englewood residents lived in the city of Englewood or in a large unincorporated area where homes have Englewood mailing addresses.
 
Cutler said initial reports that another child had been thrown from one of the vehicles were incorrect.
 
The investigation is ongoing, and the report along with a recommendation on possible charges for the driver of the Ram will be forthcoming, Cutler said.
Social media reports point to many who jumped out of their vehicles to help the victims and neighbors who came with food and water for those stuck in traffic for hours.
 
In a Facebook post, Elk Creek Fire, which was the first to respond to the scene, said: “Thank you for giving us your hands and hearts today. We are once again moved by your humanity and service to your community. To those who helped us today on the motor vehicle crash on Highway 285 (and there were MANY of you), thank you, thank you, thank you.
 
“You performed heroic acts before we were even there. You helped us put out fire. You helped us cut open cars. You helped us take care of patients. You walked through rocky terrain in your flip-flops to help look for victims. You waited patiently in traffic for a long, long time. We all worked together today, uniform or no uniform. You took care of people; you took care of each other; you took care of your community. You are why we love working here.”
 
The Facebook post says those who are dealing with difficult emotions after helping on Thursday should seek help. Sending a private message to Elk Creek Fire to touch base also was welcomed.
“Finally, our hearts are heavy and go out to the families and friends impacted by today's tragedy,” the Facebook post said. “May they be comforted and find peace moving forward through this painful time.”

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