Second person dies following head-on crash on US Highway 6 in Dillon
DILLON — Two people were killed and several others were hospitalized following a head-on crash early Thursday on U.S. Highway 6 in Dillon.
According to Summit Fire & EMS, two pickup trucks collided at about 6 a.m. near the Big Baldy eagle sculpture overlooking Dillon Reservoir, between Lake Dillon Drive and Tenderfoot Street. One person died at the scene, and six others were transported to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco.
Another person later died from their injuries, according to Kerstin Anderson, a spokeswoman for the town of Dillon.
The crash occurred when the eastbound vehicle drifted into oncoming traffic, according to a news release from the town of Dillon.
Anderson said there were three men in a Dodge Ram involved in the accident. In the other truck, a Ford, there were two women and two men, one of whom died. A second person died after being transported to a hospital, Anderson said.
The Summit Daily was unable to confirm which vehicle caused the crash and which vehicle was carrying the second person who died.
Emergency crews with Summit Fire & EMS had to extricate multiple people trapped in the vehicles after the crash, according to the district’s spokesman Steve Lipsher.
Summit Fire — along with help from the Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District — provided patient care at the scene. Officers from Silverthorne, Frisco and Colorado State Patrol also assisted Dillon officers during the incident.
Brent Boyer, a spokesman for St. Anthony’s in Frisco, said six people were taken to the hospital following the crash. Initially, two were in critical condition and transported via Flight For Life to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood. Another, also in critical condition, was transported to another Denver area hospital via ambulance. It is unknown which of those patients later died. Two others are still at the hospital in Frisco in stable condition. The final patient has been evaluated and released.
State Patrol closed a section of Highway 6 for nearly six hours for accident investigation and recovery. Traffic was diverted through Tenderfoot Street to the intersection with Highway 6 and Lake Dillon Drive. The roadway was reopened at about 11:50 a.m. Thursday.