MONTE VISTA– Four big game hunters from West Virginia were injured in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in downtown Monte Vista, the driver succumbing to his injuries.
Police Chief George Dingfelder said the crash occurred just before 6 a.m. when the westbound 2013 Chevrolet pickup drifted out of its lane on First Avenue (Highway 160) just west of Broadway (US285), crossed the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with a tree on the south side of First.
The vehicle was occupied by four men from West Virginia who were on a hunting trip to Colorado. All the occupants were transported to the San Luis Valley Regional Hospital in Alamosa where the driver succumbed to his injuries. The other occupants sustained moderate to serious injuries. Two of the occupants were transferred to Front Range hospitals with serious injuries. The fourth occupant was admitted to SLV Regional Hospital with moderate injuries.
While it is early in the investigation, impairment by drugs or alcohol is not believed to have contributed to this crash, Dingfelder said in a press release. The names of those involved will not be released until confirmation that all family members have been notified.
The Monte Vista Police Department was assisted by the San Luis Valley Victim’s Response Unit, Monte Vista Fire Department, Monte Vista EMS, Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado State Patrol. More information will be released once the investigation is complete.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or have information regarding it are asked to please contact the Monte Vista Police Department, Sgt. Michael Martinez or Chief George Dingfelder through Colorado State Patrol dispatch at 719-589-5807.