Officials still working to identify fatal crash victim |

Officials still working to identify fatal crash victim

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Colorado State Patrol and Rio Blanco officials are working to identify the remains of the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that happened early Saturday morning west of Meeker.

“We have yet to identify the occupant,” Sgt. Roy Kinney said in a voicemail to the Craig Daily Press Monday afternoon.

A vehicle apparently caught fire 28 miles west of Meeker early Saturday morning, leaving one person dead, according to a news release from Colorado State Patrol.

At around 4:32 a.m., Rio Blanco officials received a call about a brush fire near milepost 45 on Colorado Highway 64. A second call was received later, and it was determined that a truck was on fire.

“The Rangely Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. Upon doing so, the remains of one body were found in the cab of the vehicle,” according to the release.

It was determined that a 1994 GMC red pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Colo. 64 when it traveled off the left side of the roadway and down a steep embankment. The truck collided with an opposing embankment and subsequently caught fire, according to the release.

Identification of the driver is pending, and the crash is still actively under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol Vehicular Crimes Unit.

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