Two Colorado troopers injured while investigating crash |

Two Colorado troopers injured while investigating crash

AURORA, Colorado – The Colorado State Patrol says two troopers investigating a crash on any icy stretch of Interstate 225 were injured after another vehicle hit their patrol car.

The accident happened Sunday evening near Parker Road in Arapahoe County. The patrol said a 1998 Ford Explorer lost control and struck the troopers’ car, pushing it into the concrete median and the two troopers. The Explorer also hit the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder that was involved in the original crash the troopers were investigating.

The State Patrol says the driver of the Explorer, 30-year-old Edilberto Garci-Castro of Aurora, was driving too fast for the icy and wet conditions.

One trooper suffered moderate injuries and the other was hurt more seriously. Both are expected to recover.

Another trooper was seriously injured Friday night while investigating an accident in Grand Junction. Randy White, a 24-year veteran, was wearing a reflective vest and was partially in an eastbound lane of U.S. Highways 6 and 50 when he was hit by a pickup truck.

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Charges are pending against the pickup’s driver, 47-year-old Tracy Conklin of Grand Junction.

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