Two seriously injured in six-vehicle crash


Ford Ranger hits semi head-on

STAFF REPORT

CONEJOS COUNTY– Two Alamosa teenagers were seriously injured Wednesday in a six-vehicle accident on U.S. 285 south of Alamosa which involved a semi-tractor trailer.

Darrin Sisneros, 18, and a passenger both sustained serious bodily injuries and were transported to SLV Health in Alamosa and LaJara respectively, and reportedly were later flown out to hospitals on the front range. The driver of a 2014 red Chevy Cruze, Michelle Crowther, 26, of Sanford suffered moderate injuries and was also transferred to SLV Health, Alamosa.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the accident occurred about 7:44 a.m. at mile post 24 on U.S. 285. Sisneros was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger northbound and reportedly collided with the rear end of a northbound 2004 Ford Mustang driven by Licha Lopez of Manassa. The Ranger traveled into the southbound lane and collided with the front end of a 2016 Peterbilt tractor trailer driven by Matthew Gabaldon, 37, of Albuquerque.

The Ranger then rotated counter clockwise and struck the trailer being pulled by the Peterbilt before traveling onto the northbound shoulder and colliding with the red Chevy Cruze. Both the driver of the Ranger and his passenger were ejected from the vehicle during rotation.

A 2012 blue Chevy Cruze driven by Danallansy Gonzalez of Sanford and a 2016 GMC Terrain driven by Steven Garcia, 30 of Romeo, which were both northbound on U.S. 285, were struck by debris from the collisions.

No seatbelts were used in the Ford Ranger but were used by all other vehicles.  Drugs and alcohol are not a contributing factor in the crash, according to CSP. The crash is still under investigation.

 

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