Another fatal accident has claimed the life of a Colorado man. The details of the recent two-vehicle fatal wreck are still being gathered at the time this post is written and conditions are being examined by authorities to determine the cause of this crash. Car accidents are too often the result of a negligent driver's actions when vehicle laws are not followed responsibly.
Reports indicate that a 53-year-old man from Fort Garland was ejected from his truck as it tumbled multiple times after colliding with a sedan driven by a man who was also reported to be 53 years old. Initial official reports state that the driver of the sedan failed to stop at a stop sign, resulting in the collision.
The force of the crash reportedly sent the truck rolling over multiple times and resulted in the driver being ejected from his vehicle. The sedan caught fire after the impact. However, the driver was able to escape without serious injury. Airborne emergency medical responders arrived on the scene and transported both victims to San Luis Regional Medical Center. The driver of the truck was later pronounced dead. The other man was listed in stable condition.
Fatal car accidents like this require diligent investigation to discover all the factors that may have contributed to the tragedy. Colorado State Patrol officials do say that they do not think alcohol or speeding contributed to this fatal crash. Other factors such as weather conditions, mechanical failure, inattentiveness, non-use of seatbelts, or negligence may have played a role, but officials haven't said one way or the other. Their determination could influence decisions about whether any civil suits to seek damages are eventually filed.
Source: KKTV-TV, "Fort Garland Man Killed In Accident," Aug. 25, 2012