MESA COUNTY– A fatal head-on collision Monday sparks a brush fire and leaves a Western Slope highway closed for more than eight hours.
According to the state patrol, the crash occurred in Garfield County on Highway 139 near mile marker 22, shortly before 12:30 p.m.
Authorities say the driver of a GMC Envoy traveling southbound lost control on a curve and ended up in the northbound lane, colliding with a Ford F-350 that rolled and caught fire.
The 35-year-old man driving the Envoy’ was killed, while five people in the F-350 were transported to the hospital, with injuries ranging from minor to serious.
The crash also caused a brush fire that burned about 30 acres in the area.
The highway was shut down for several hours, starting at mile marker six in Mesa County, and re-opened shortly after 8:45 Monday night.
A state patrol spokesman says the cause of the crash is still under investigation, but excessive speed on the part of the Envoy is believed to be a contributing factor.