Friday, October 30, 2015

Deadly Crash near Hugo.

By Will Bublitz

A huge accident involving four semis has left two drivers dead, two injured and several cattle dead and injured east of Hugo on Highway 40/287 last Wednesday, Oct. 21.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the collisions occurred at 4:52 p.m. when Duane Olson, 60, of Kansas, veered his westbound semi into the highway’s eastbound lane.

Olson’s semi first sideswiped two semis driven by 29-year-old Joshua Ramirez of Dodge City, Kan. and 43-year-old Jorge Moya of Miami, Fla., before crashing head-on into a third semi driven by Clint Torres, 30, of Mansfield, Texas.

Olson and Torres were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Ramirez was taken by ambulance to Lincoln Community Hospital in Hugo for treatment of minor injuries. Moya was uninjured in the accident.

Despite the impact, all four semis remained upright after the collisions. Olson’s semi came to rest on the north side of the highway while the other three semis stopped on the south side.

The two semis involved in the head-on crash were total losses. The semis driven by Ramirez and Moya sustained serious damage.

Several cattle being hauled by one of the semis were also killed or injured in the crash.

The reason that Olson’s semi veered into the path of the oncoming semis has not yet been determined. The Colorado State Patrol is continuing its investigation.

“This case is still open,” said Trooper Josh Lewis of the State Patrol’s Public Information Office.

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