Single-Vehicle Fatal Crash in Otero County

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The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday on Colorado Highway 10 near milepost 70, in Otero County. The crash resulted in a single fatality as well as one of the occupants suffering serious injury.

A 1996 Volvo Sedan driven by 44-year-old George Nelson out of La Junta, Colorado was traveling eastbound on Colorado Highway 10 when it collided with a deer. The Volvo traveled off the north side of the road, collided with a utility pole and rolled 1 ½ times while partially ejecting George Nelson.

George Nelson was pronounced deceased on scene by the Otero County Coroner.

The passenger a 14-year-old male out of La Junta, Colorado was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are considered to be a factor in the crash. However, the crash remains under investigation

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