Colorado State Patrol responded to two crashes near Manzanola Thursday, Dec. 30, after a winter storm quickly moved into Southeastern Colorado. Highway 50 was closed for an hour due to the crashes.
A winter storm that quickly moved into southeastern Colorado Thursday, Dec. 30, created hazardous road conditions on Highway 50.
Thursday afternoon Colorado State Patrol responded to a report of a three-car crash on Highway 50 about one mile west of Manzanola. When troopers arrived it was determined it was two separate crashes.
One crash involved a 2006 Dodge pickup that was driven by Tibrucio Guerrero of La Junta. Guerrero was westbound on Highway 50 when he lost control on the icy roadway striking the guardrail. Guerrero's vehicle came to rest off the north side of Highway 50. He was uninjured.
In the second crash, a 2005 Chrysler driven by Debbie Haberman of Pueblo lost control and crossed into the eastbound lanes of Highway 50 striking head-on a 2008 Chevrolet pickup driven by Terry Morlan of La Junta. Haberman's vehicle came to a rest in the westbound lane of Highway 50. Morlan's vehicle came to rest off the south side of the highway.
Haberman was transported to Parkview Hospital in Pueblo. A passenger in Morlan's vehicle was transported to Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in La Junta.
Driving too fast for conditions appears to be the cause of both crashes, Colorado State Patrol reported. Highway 50 was closed for approximately one hour while the vehicles were removed from the roadway.
Colorado State Patrol also responded to crashes in Crowley County as a result of the storm.