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    Durango Fire & Rescue Authority members examine the wreckage of a two-vehicle accident that occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Monday on Wildcat Canyon Road. Enlarge photo

    SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

    Durango Fire & Rescue Authority members examine the wreckage of a two-vehicle accident that occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Monday on Wildcat Canyon Road.

    One driver was killed and another driver was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center after a head-on crash Monday morning on Wildcat Canyon Road (County Road 141) just south of the entrance to Rafter J subdivision.

    A 59-year-old woman from Farmington was driving a 1997 blue Ford Explorer southbound and veered into the opposite lane while negotiating a curve, said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid.

    She crashed into a northbound 2007 Mitsubishi driven by an 82-year-old man from Durango, Reid said.

    The road was dry, so weather wasn’t a factor, Reid said.

    “There was no alcohol or drugs involved,” he said.

    The man, who was not wearing a seat restraint, was killed on impact. The woman, who was buckled in, was transported to the hospital.

    Reid said names would not be released until this morning.

    Wildcat Canyon Road was blocked to traffic at U.S. Highway 160 west of Durango, Reid said.

    Drivers were diverted to County Road 210 at Bodo Industrial Park to reach Wildcat Canyon Road, Reid said.

    Highways elsewhere in the state were accident-free, Reid said.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation on Monday reported that Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mountain passes could expect 4 to 8 inches of snow by today. Wolf Creek Pass was closed for an hour Monday morning so CDOT crews could trigger an avalanche and clear the highway.

    Commercial vehicles must use chains on Wolf Creek Pass.

    The CDOT maintenance area in Durango has highway patrols in Pagosa Springs, Bayfield, Ignacio, Durango, Hesperus and Rockwood.

    For road and weather conditions, call 511 or visit www.cotrip.org.

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