FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2011
CONTACT: John Brennan
Public Information Officer
Two men were killed and one seriously injured Friday morning when the truck in which they were riding slammed into a parked railroad car at the end of a dead-end street in Fort Morgan.
No positive identification of the victims is available at this time.
Fort Morgan Police said the two men killed appeared to be between 20 and 30 years old, and the survivor was believed to be 19 years old based on information found at the scene of the crash.
The accident scene was discovered when workers at businesses in the surrounding area began arriving at work, and police were called at 6:44 a.m. The Morgan County Coroner’s Office estimated that the accident happened sometime between 3 a.m. and the time the first reports were received.
One of the first responding officers on the scene said it appeared at first that all three occupants of the vehicle were deceased, but then the individual in the middle moved. Police said the survivor was conscious and speaking to ambulance workers when he was transported to Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan.
The survivor was then flown to Swedish Medical Center in the Denver Metro area, police said.
The truck was headed southbound on Prospect Street from Railroad Avenue, and there were no obvious signs that the driver had applied the brakes before hitting the parked railroad car. Police said the collision obviously occurred at a high rate of speed.
The railroad car was filled with fertilizer and weighed an estimated 200,000 pounds.
The rail car was parked on a siding of the tracks blocking about three quarters of the junction with Prospect Street. The street extends only one block south from Railroad Avenue before dead-ending at the tracks.
Beyond the railroad siding are the actual railroad tracks, which lie atop a berm at least six feet high. There was no effect from the accident on rail traffic passing through Fort Morgan.
Accident reconstruction officers were en route to the scene this morning, police said. Also on the scene were the Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the Morgan County Coroner’s office and the Colorado State Patrol.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.