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Colorado State Patrol investigates 2 deadly crashes

WALSENBURG, Colo. - Colorado State Patrol is investigating two separate deadly crashes in Southern Colorado. Both happened within an hour of each other.

The first crash happened Friday around noon on Colorado 160, about 11 miles west of Walsenburg.

Troopers say the driver lost control of his car, causing it to roll.

Raymond Campbell, 56, of Aurora was killed in the crash. Troopers say he was wearing his seat belt.

Troopers believe speed was a factor in a crash. They are also investigating whether alcohol and drugs were involved.

The second crash happened shortly before 1 p.m. Friday on Colorado 25, about 15 miles north of Trinidad.

Troopers say the driver of a truck lost control after a sudden tire failure, causing the truck to roll.

A passenger in the truck, Erik Pontsler, 48, of Arizona was killed in the crash. The driver, 48-year-old Priscilla Pontsler was not hurt. Four other passengers were taken to the hospital to treat minor to moderate injuries.

Troopers say everyone in the truck was wearing their seat belts.

The crash is still under investigation.

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