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One man dies in U.S. 24 head-on collision east of Colorado Springs

March 12, 2014 Updated: March 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm
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One man died and two were seriously injured in a head-on collision on U.S. 24 east of Colorado Springs on Friday, the Colorado State Patrol said Wednesday.

Dante Brennan, 49, of Ramah, died from injuries he suffered when he lost control of his eastbound Mazda pickup truck about 7:30 p.m. near Judge Orr Road, said Colorado State Patrol Sgt. J.R. Mullins.

The road had ice and snow on it and Brennan reportedly swerved to avoid a wreck on the side of U.S. 24, and crossed the center line, Mullins said.

Bradley Epps, 19, and Stephen Brumfield, 20, of Calhan, were traveling west in a silver Acura RSX when the pickup collided with them on the highway, according to state patrol reports.

Brennan, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was partially thrown from the pickup as it rolled one time and came to rest on the road, Mullins said. Epps and Brumfield, who were wearing seatbelts, suffered serious injuries.

The three men were taken to Memorial Hospital Central, where Brennan later died from his injuries, Mullins said. The other two men were listed in stable condition.

"Friday night that big storm came in and the road conditions were less than ideal," Mullins explained. "Brennan was trying to move over to avoid another accident and he couldn't maintain control of his vehicle."

Mullins added that the toxicology report from the El Paso County Coroner's Office was not complete, but alcohol and drugs were not believed to be a factor in the crash.

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