UPDATED: Two Dead in Multi-Vehicle Crash South of Lamar

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EDITOR: A formal report has been issued from the Colorado State Patrol following their investigation of this accident from June 10, 2015.  It is also available on this website.

The Colorado State Patrol reports limited visibility from a dust storm was the apparent contributing factor to an eleven vehicle crash, five miles south of Lamar on Highway 287, at approximately 7pm last night, Wednesday, June 10.

Initial reports are that two persons, traveling in separate vehicles, have died and there have been other injuries to other individuals.  Flight for Life aircraft carried some of the injured to regional hospitals as local ambulances made a series of runs from the accident site.  The identities of the dead have not been released at this time.  It’s not known if speed was also a factor with as many vehicles included in the collisions.

Traffic was re-routed from the accident scene as the CSP conducted their investigation.  As of 7am, Thursday, the Colorado Department of Transportation listed that portion of the highway as closed.

(Addition:)  As of 8am, the road was open, but traffic was slowed as the Colorado State Patrol was on site, continuing with the investigation. All vehicles in the accident had been removed.)

Fatalities:  The names of the two individuals who died from injuries at the accident are:  Caryol Heckman, 75 of McClave, CO.  Her son-in-law, Hans Freiderichs of Wiley, was flown from the accident scene by a Flight for Life helicopter to a trauma facility in Pueblo.  The second person who died is listed by the Prowers County Coroner as Xiao Wei Feng, 53,  who was passing through the region.

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