CONTACT: John Brennan
Public Information Officer
The two people killed and one person seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash in Fort Morgan on Friday morning have been identified.
The driver killed in the crash was identified as Justin Moss, 16, whose last known address was in Wiggins, Colo., according to the Fort Morgan Police Department.
The passenger killed was identified as Michael Aguirre, 22, of Fort Morgan.
The surviving passenger is William Mull, 18, whose last known address was in Fort Morgan.
Mull was airlifted to Swedish Medical Center in the Denver metro area Friday morning, and no information on his condition was available.
The older model Ford pickup truck in which the three victims were riding slammed into a parked railroad car at the end of a dead-end street in Fort Morgan sometime overnight.
The accident scene was discovered when workers at businesses in the surrounding area began arriving at work Friday morning, and police were called at 6:44 a.m. The Morgan County Coroner’s Office originally estimated that the accident happened sometime between 3 a.m. and the time of the first reports, but the time of the crash is still under investigation, according to Fort Morgan Police.
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 Mull moved. Police said he was conscious and speaking to ambulance workers when he was transported to Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan, from which he was later flown to the Front Range.
The truck was headed southbound on Prospect Street from Railroad Avenue, and there were no 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, and partially derailed the railroad car.
The rail car was filled with fertilizer and weighed an estimated 200,000 pounds.
The rail car was parked on a siding of the tracks and extended about three quarters of the way across the junction with Prospect Street. The street extends only one block south from Railroad Avenue before dead-ending at the railroad siding.
Beyond the 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.
Responding to the accident scene Friday morning along with Fort Morgan Police were the Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the county coroner’s office and the Colorado State Patrol. Accident reconstruction officers worked well into the day, and many aspects of the incident are still being investigated.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.