One person dead, three injured, in U.S. 85 crash just north of Greeley
May 31, 2017
A 27-year-old woman died Wednesday in a traffic crash on U.S. 85 north of Greeley. The woman’s death marks the 18th fatality on Weld’s roads this year. Through this date last year, 14 people had died as a result of traffic crashes in the county.
By about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, the fire crews had left, but the pink child's car seat remained upright on the shoulder of U.S. 85, about 10 feet from where the blue 2015 Toyota sedan sat, crushed against the front of the black semitrailer.
It was the final act in a fatal crash that closed U.S. 85 between 11th Avenue and Weld County Road 66 for hours.
By early afternoon, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis confirmed a 27-year-old woman had died in the crash, which took place just after 11 a.m. on U.S. 85 north of O Street. There were three other people taken to the hospital with injuries — two children as well as the driver of the semitrailer, Lewis said. He confirmed the highway opened once more about 3 p.m., four hours after the crash. Authorities did not immediately release the names of those involved in the crash.
Just after noon, rivers of traffic flooded onto nearby streets, but here, at the scene of the crash, an unnatural quiet hung over the highway.
The vehicles appeared to have traveled about 50 feet after the crash — a trail of skid marks, vehicle fluids, and car parts fanned out behind the semitrailer — which appeared to have been traveling north when the crash occurred. Pieces of wreckage — headlamps, car doors, fenders — peppered the grass on the side of the highway. Closer to the vehicles' final resting place, the sedan's doors laid on the shoulder, not far from the pink car seat.
Colorado State Patrol troopers were still on the scene not long after noon, taking photographs and measurements. A group of construction workers stood nearby, talking among themselves. The sounds of the highway seemed far away.
Those troopers have yet to determine the cause of the crash, Lewis said Wednesday afternoon, but they do not suspect drugs or alcohol so far. He confirmed the crash is still under investigation.
The troopers, vehicles and wreckage were gone by late Wednesday afternoon, and traffic was moving normally along the highway once more.