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Dust Storm Crash Official Update from CSP

The following is a news release from Sgt. John Bronnimon from the Colorado State Patrol who worked Friday's pile up that closed highway 50

(Lamar, CO) -- On 4/29/2022 at approximately 14:10 hours Troopers were dispatched to a multi-vehicle crash on highway 50 in Prowers County, Colorado. The crash occurred approximately 5 miles west of Lamar. Arriving on scene, the first responders encountered zero-visibility conditions due to blowing dust. Multiple first responders from numerous local agencies responded. Westbound Highway 50 was completely blocked by the crash, and Eastbound was shut down shortly after due to low visibility. In the crash, a total of seven vehicles were involved. Throughout the course of a lengthy investigation, Troopers were able to determine that a white F-150 driven by Joseph Frazier of Las Animas, Colorado was traveling at a slow rate of speed in the lane of traffic. A white F-250, driven by Chad Nolder of Lamar, Colorado, struck the rear of the F-150. The F-250, driven by Nolder, was struck from behind by a blue Toyota 4-Runner driven by Mariah Quick of La Junta. Simultaneously, a gray Dodge Caravan driven by Elizabeth Gunter of La Junta was trying to exit the roadway and drive onto the shoulder when it was struck in the rear by a red Ford Ranger driven by Stephanie Culbertson of Lamar. The Ford Ranger also struck the rear of the white F-150, driven by Frazier. A gray Buick Enclave driven by Jessica Williamson of Las Animas, CO, also struck the rear of the white F-150. A maroon Nissan Altima struck the rear of the Buick SUV with its front. Multiple occupants suffered various injuries from the crash, and were transported to both local and metro-area hospitals. The road was re-opened after the investigation was completed and the vehicles were removed from the road.


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