Disasters and crashes

Durango man survives plunge off Wolf Creek Pass, night in backcountry

A 36-year-old Durango man survived driving off Wolf Creek Pass, rolling 700 feet down a steep mountainside and spending a night injured in the backcountry before being rescued last week. “I didn’t...

DATE: June 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman dies in car crash outside Flagstaff, Arizona

A Durango woman was killed in a car crash outside Flagstaff, Arizona, last weekend, according to the Arizona Highway Patrol. Highway Patrol public information officer Bart Graves said that around 4...

DATE: June 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango family involved in fatal crash in Kansas

A Durango man was involved in a fatal car crash Tuesday in Kansas that resulted in the death of a 32-year woman. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Tod Hileman, a 2014 Jeep Wrangler was...

DATE: June 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Information expected next week about Sonntag death

Law enforcement officials may take another week before releasing information about how local professional cyclist Benjamin Sonntag died after colliding with a driver last week near Marvel. Law...

DATE: March 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fatal crash investigation continues into the weekend

Colorado State Patrol continued its investigation into the death of local professional cyclist Ben Sonntag into the weekend, declining to release information as law enforcement considers charges...

DATE: March 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango-area cyclist hit, killed in southwest La Plata County

A Durango bicyclist was killed Wednesday after being hit by a pickup truck west of Marvel in southwest La Plata County. The crash occurred about 12:08 p.m. on County Road 105, less than a mile...

DATE: March 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

One injured in head-on crash on U.S. Highway 550 south of Durango

Two vehicles crashed Wednesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 550 south of Durango, reducing the highway to alternating traffic in one lane for almost two hours, according to law enforcement. The...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Authorities believe speed, brakes had roles in fatal crash

Investigators believe excessive speed led to a fatal crash that killed a 37-year-old Durango man earlier this week. Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper Gary Cutler said Lance Luedtke was driving...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ice breaks off Red Mountain Pass, crushes and totals car

A Durango couple escaped serious injury while driving Sunday on U.S. Highway 550 over Red Mountain Pass when a large piece of ice broke off the mountainside, crushing and totaling their car....

DATE: Jan. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Alcohol, speed suspected factors in fatal crash

Alcohol and speed are the likely factors that led to a crash that killed a 25-year-old Bayfield woman earlier this month, said La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith. Around midnight Jan. 4,...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango cyclist killed in California; no charges likely for driver

A Durango man was killed after being hit by a car while bicycling near San Diego, but it’s not likely the driver will face charges. California Highway Patrol spokesman Mark Latulippe said this week...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Injuries reported in crash near Ignacio

Highway 151 was reopened Tuesday after a two-vehicle crash closed the road, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The vehicles crashed at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday between Tiffany and Allison, closing...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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