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Northwest Colorado drivers injured in Friday night crash on Highway 40

Craig Press Staff Report

HAYDEN — Northwest Colorado motorists sustained multiple injuries following a head-on crash this weekend on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden.

Colorado State Patrol responded to the incident about 11:15 p.m. Friday. 

According to a news release from the agency, a 1991 Nissan Pathfinder was westbound on U.S. 40, and a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 pickup was eastbound.

The Nissan traveled into the oncoming, eastbound lane and collided with the Chevrolet near mile marker 113. Following impact, both vehicles came to rest in the roadway, blocking all lanes. The highway was closed for about 2 ½ hours, with traffic being diverted to Routt County Road 70.

The Nissan was driven by James Stalker, 19, of Hayden. Stalker was transported by ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs and later flown to Denver Health Medical Center with serious injuries. Drug and alcohol impairment is not thought to have been a contributing factor, however, driver inexperience is.

The Chevrolet was driven by Sergio Martin-Reyes, 27, of Steamboat Springs. Martin-Reyes and his passenger were transported by ambulance to Memorial Regional Health in Craig with moderate injuries. 

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The crash is currently being investigated by Colorado State Patrol. Assisting at the scene were the Routt County Sheriff's Office, Hayden Police Department, West Routt Fire/EMS and Colorado Department of Transportation. 

The news release from CSP reminds drivers to always be attentive to other vehicles on the roadway.