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2 die, 1 injured in rollover crash on Highway 40

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A crash on Red Dirt Hill Wednesday resulted in two people in critical condition.
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GRANBY — A multiple-vehicle crash on Highway 40 near Granby late Wednesday morning has resulted in two deaths.

Emergency crews responded at around 11:30 a.m. to Highway 40 just north of the entrance to YMCA of the Rockies-Snow Mountain Ranch.

A 2014 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Gavin Laing, 20, of Leadville, was eastbound on Highway 40 near milepost 219 in the passing lane. A 2002 Ford F-250 driven by Thomas Lang, 20, of Granby, was behind the Malibu, according to a Colorado State Patrol news release.

The Malibu slowed due to the passing lane ending. The Ford rear-ended the Malibu then drove into the westbound lane, colliding head-on with a 2004 Buick driven by a 77-year-old male and a 75-year-old female passenger.

The front of the Buick was crushed, and the truck came to rest on its side.

The two individuals in the Buick were later revealed to have succumbed to their injuries. The identities of the deceased will be released upon notification of next of kin.

The injured man was in the truck that rolled onto its side, according to authorities. The couple in the sedan also had their dog in the vehicle, which perished in the crash.

The crash is currently under investigation by the CSP. Speed and impairment are not suspected as contributing factors in the crash.  The roadway was dry at the time of the crash and no adverse weather conditions were noted in the immediate area.

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