Officials investigating alcohol as factor in U.S. 285 crash that left 2 dead

A fatal crash on U.S. 285 in Jefferson County killed an Englewood woman and baby girl while injuring four others Thursday, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Authorities said a woman, 55, died at the scene, and a girl, 2, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The collision occurred around 3:40 p.m. between Pine Junction and Conifer, the CSP said.

Master Trooper Gary Cutler from CSP said Friday morning that authorities were investigating alcohol and excessive speed as contributing factors to the crash.

The head-on impact happened when a 2021 Dodge Ram 1500 traveling southbound attempted to pass over double yellow lines. It crashed into a 2010 Ford F150 traveling northbound, pushing the truck backward, Cutler said.

Cutler added that there were reports of the Ram driving recklessly before the crash.

There were two men seriously injured in the Ram. The two people who were killed, along with a man and woman who suffered injuries, were in the F150.

CSP said the woman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of her death, but the child was in a safety seat. Another person in the truck was also not wearing a seatbelt.

The highway fully reopened at about 10 p.m. Thursday.

CSP is still investigating the crash.

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