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Eight injured in 3-vehicle crash in Fountain

September 23, 2013 Updated: September 24, 2013 at 8:47 am
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A 5-week-old girl and a 13-year-old boy sustained life-threatening injuries in a three-vehicle crash Monday on U.S. 85/87 and Plaza Boulevard in Fountain, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

In all, eight people were hurt.

A 2005 Dodge Ram was southbound on the highway in the left lane, approaching Plaza Boulevard, while a 2004 Chevrolet Impala and a 2008 Toyota Tundra were stopped for a red light in the left lane.

Authorities said the Dodge pickup truck struck the rear of the Chevrolet Impala, which pushed the Impala forward until its front end struck the rear of the Toyota Tundra.

The Dodge and Chevrolet both came to rest in the left lane, with the front of the Dodge embedded in the rear of the Chevrolet. The Toyota was pushed into the intersection, where it came to a stop.

The driver of the Dodge Ram, 45-year-old Andrew Marsh of Colorado Springs, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 24-year-old Daniela Gray-Maldonado of Colorado Springs, and her front-seat passenger, 35-hear-old Regina Steckler of Calhan, were wearing seatbelts and sustained minor injuries, Colorado State Patrol said.

Four minor children were in the rear seat of the Chevrolet. A 2-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl had minor injuries, but the 5-week-old girl and 13-year-old boy were taken via air ambulance to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Toyota, 35-year-old Daniel Anthony of Fountain, also had minor injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt and was treated at a hospital and released.

Colorado State Patrol initially reported a fatality in the crash, but Trooper Nate Reid later said that was in error.

"We were given some wrong information," he said. "We originally thought it was a fatal."

The crash closed the highway for several hours.

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