EPSO deputy placed on leave following fatal crash on Highway 24

WATCH: CSP identifies county deputy and victims in fatal crash on Highway 24

FALCON, Colo. - UPDATE: Deputy Quinlan Linebaugh is now on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the crash investigation by the Colorado State Patrol, according to a statement from Sheriff Bill Elder late Wednesday morning.

CSP also wants to talk to witnesses and people who stopped to help after the crash. If you have information, contact the patrol at 719-544-2424 and reference case #2B180724.


A crash on Highway 24 left two people dead Tuesday afternoon and shut down both sides of the road northeast of Falcon for several hours.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. at mile marker 325. (MAP) It's a few miles up the road from Falcon.

In a news release issued late Tuesday, the Colorado State Patrol says a 2013 Chevrolet Impala, driven by 29-year-old Quinlan Linebaugh of Colorado Springs, was traveling westbound on the highway when it collided with a dump truck while attempting to pass two other vehicles.

The dump truck then slammed into one of the vehicles passed, a 2008 Lincoln Mark 8.

The two people in the Lincoln, 75-year-old Kenneth Wuerfele and 71-year old Dorothy Wuerfele of Peyton, were killed.

Kenneth died at the scene.

Dorothy died later at the hospital.

Both were wearing seatbelts

The driver of the dump truck, 64-year-old James Stutsman of Idaho Springs, was airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but survived.  Stutsman was not wearing a seatbelt.

A dump truck passenger, 30-year-old Eleazar Velazquez of Denver, was also not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries.

In an email statement Tuesday afternoon, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office confirmed one of its deputies was involved in the crash and was being treated for injuries, but didn't specify the deputy's name or his involvement.

The statement from CSP did not detail whether the deputy or any other driver will be cited, saying only that the crash remains under investigation and that drugs/alcohol are not suspected.

Linebaugh's is a school resource officer with the Widefield School District and works patrol when school isn't in session, according to the EPCSO.

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