Serious crash kills one, injures five in Teller County

Accident closed portion of Highway 24 for hours

POSTED: 02:02 PM MDT Jun 09, 2013    UPDATED: 09:56 AM MDT Jun 10, 2013 
TELLER COUNTY, Colo. -

A serious crash on Highway 24 Sunday kills a driver and sends five people to the hospital.

A spokesman with the State Patrol says Highway 24 was closed in both directions in Teller County between Divide and Florissant for hours.

The crash happened at 11:20 a.m. Sunday. 

A Ford F150 was traveling westbound on US 24 when it crossed into the eastbound lane, officials said.  The Ford sideswiped a maroon dodge pick-up pulling a small horse trailer and collided head-on with a Toyota Sienna.  The driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at the scene.  A source says a horse was inside the trailer and is okay.

Those who drive this part of Highway 24 regularly say a combination of turns, sharp drop offs and speeding drivers make it extremely dangerous.

Just two weeks ago, a bus carrying a church group on a rafting trip collided with a truck who crossed into their lane.  The driver of the truck died.