Gypsum man in serious condition after accident |

Gypsum man in serious condition after accident

Chris Outcalt
Gypsum, CO Colorado
NWS HWY 6 accident 1 KA 10-10-08

GYPSUM ” A 24-year-old Gypsum man was in serious condition after his vehicle collided with a pickup truck on Highway 6 Monday morning, police said.

Louie Atencio had to be pulled from the vehicle and was “in and out of consciousness” following the accident at the intersection of Highway 6 and McGregor Drive in Gypsum, said Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Dennis Gibbons.

He was transported to Vail Valley Medical Center and later moved to Denver Health Medical Center because of the severity of his injuries, Gibbons said.

Atencio pulled in front of an oncoming vehicle while attempting to turn west onto Highway 6, Gibbons said. Atencio’s 1995 Pontiac Grand Am collided with a 1999 F250 pickup truck driven by 49-year-old Gypsum resident Brett Lich. Lich sustained minor injuries and wasn’t transported, Gibbons said.

“(Atencio) didn’t account for the fact that there was a through lane of traffic,” Gibbons said.

Gibbons said the airbags in both vehicles deployed properly and that both drivers were wearing seat belts.

“The seat belt likely had a positive effect,” Gibbons said. “It held him in his seat as opposed to going through the drivers side windshield.”

Greater Eagle Fire Protection District officials also responded to the accident and extricated Atencio from his Grand Am.

The accident is under investigation and charges are pending, Gibbons said.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or

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