State Patrol IDs man killed in Highway 40 crash
GRAND COUNTY — Colorado State Patrol has identified one of two people killed in a head-on car wreck that happened on US Highway 40 outside Kremmling Thursday evening.
Nicholas Polashek of Blackhawk was a passenger in a 1998 Jeep Cherokee that collided with a pickup truck. He was killed instantly, CSP said.
CSP has also identified the driver and two passengers in the pickup, a 1999 Dodge Ram, as Ignacio Hernandez of Kremmling, Trinidad Pastrano and Fernando Perez.
Hernandez and Pastrano were both airlifted to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver with serious injuries while Perez suffered minor injuries.
Officers responded to the wreck near milepost 186 on US 40 around 5:15 p.m. Thursday. The Jeep was eastbound on the highway when it veered off the right side of the road, came back onto the highway and collided with the Dodge, according to CSP.
US 40 was closed until almost 9 p.m. while drivers were detoured around the wreck. CSP is still investigating, but speeding and impairment have been identified as potential contributing factors.
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