The State Patrol and National Park Service rangers are investigating a crash early this morning on the Colorado National Monument. A Honda Civic with 4 people inside rolled down an embankment near the Serpent's Trail Head less than a mile inside the park. Troopers say all four in the car were taken to the hospital. It happened around 3:00 this morning and troopers were still on the scene more than 2 hours later. They say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.
ENGLEWOOD POLICE OFFICER CRITICAL
The State Patrol is investigating a hit and run accident early yesterday morning injuring an Englewood Police officer and a driver he had pulled over. Trooper Nate Reid says the officer and the driver were outside their vehicles when small SUV crashed into them. The officer is described as in critical condition, the driver hospitalized with serious injuries. The 20 year old driver of the vehicle that ran was stopped several miles from the crash and faces possible charges including DUI.
PUEBLO DOUBLE FATAL
An 18 year old Pueblo man is dead and and a 16 year old passenger are dead in a rollover crash in Pueblo. The Colorado State Patrol says the 18 year old was reported speeding and ran two red lights, then lost control on a curve and rolled the Mitsubishi Outlander he was driving. The girl was thrown from the car and died at the scene, the driver died at the hospital. 3 other girls in the car suffered serious injuries. Troopers say the car had been reported stolen out of Colorado Springs.
SUNRISE MINE FIRE
The 5,300 acre Sunrise Mine fire continues to burn in rugged country 4 miles north of Paradox. It broke out in gusty wind Friday afternoon and quickly grew. Officials say the fire is 30% contained and is bieng managed by a national team with about 350 personnel. Buckey Reservoir Road, R-1 Road and John Brown Road are all closed to the pbulic. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
COLORADO GAS PRICES
The price of gas always goes up over long holiday weekends, or does it? the average in Colorado is down 2.1 cents over the past week to $3.72/gallon, 13.4 cents a gallon lower than one month ago. GasBuddy.com says it's surprised by the downward trend. The national average is $3.65/gallon.
The Mesa County Sheriff's office has released an update on a human skull found on the Uncompahgre Plateau last fall, the information is slim. According to the Daily Sentinel, a DNA profile has been extracted and all of the roughly 2-dozen combined missing person cases in the area have been ruled out. The DNA is being run through a national data base which checks for matches with profiles of arrestees and convicted felons.
ROMNEY IN CRAIG
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is in Craig this morning, at the invitation of the owners of a local hotel. The couple tells the Denver Post the energy industry is over regulated and they want help from Romney. Romney's stop is the second in western Colorado this campaign season. He's off to Las Vegas for a high-dollar fundraiser with Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich after the stop in Craig.
AVON CONDO FIRE
A huge fire in Avon has completely destroyed a $1.3 million, four unit, 3-story condominium complex, and 3 acres of hillside behind it. One firefighter and one resident were treated at a hospital for unknown injuries and released. 3 of the units were occupied when the fire broke out yesterday afternoon.
COLORADO FAIR SHARE DAY
A group saying the richest one 1% aren't paying their fair share is marching on downtown Denver today, saying corporations should be made accountable to the communities they do business in. The Colorado Fair Share Day Coalition says Wells Fargo is an example of a company earning $69.1 billion over the last 4 years, but paying an only 3.8% income tax rate