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Thursday's traffic: Woman, 57, dies in 3-vehicle crash on U.S. 50 west of Cañon City

December 21, 2017 Updated: December 21, 2017 at 9:16 pm
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Highway 50 is closed between Hwy 9 and Skyline Drive because of a semi rollover. Photo courtesy Fremont County Sheriff's Office.

UPDATE 8:06 p.m.

A woman died in a three-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Highway 50 west of Cañon City, the Colorado State Patrol announced.

Ricardo Charles, 48, of Henderson, Nev., was driving a 2012 Kenworth tractor pulling a utility trailer east on Highway 50 shortly after 12:15 p.m., the State Patrol said.

Charles reportedly failed to negotiate a right-hand curve, drifted into the westbound lanes and collided with a 2012 BMW X3 being driven by Mary Giacomelli, 73, of Westcliffe, the State Patrol said. 

The semi then traveled back into the eastbound lanes and collided with a 2011 Buick being driven by George Robinson, 59, of Montrose, forcing the car into a guardrail and off the south side of the road.

The semi continued southbound, collided with a guardrail and smashed into a rock embankment, the State Patrol said. The trailer's cargo was dislodged and fell onto the Buick.

Charles and his passenger were not injured in the crash. Giacomelli also was not injured.

Robinson was taken to a local hospital with severe injuries. His passenger, Brenda Kay Robinson, 57, of Montrose, died in the crash.

Neither drugs nor alcohol are being considered factors in the crash, which remains under investigation. 

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UPDATE 5:50 p.m.

U.S. 50 is back open between Skyline Drive and Highway 9 in Fremont County after a semi-truck rollover crash closed it for hours, the Sheriff's Office announced.

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UPDATE 1:00 p.m.

U.S. 50 is closed in both directions west of Cañon City, mile marker 274, because of a semi-truck rollover crash, Colorado Department of Transportation tweeted. No estimated time of reopening.

Injuries have been reported. Their extent is unknown, but medical crews are at the crash.

Authorities are also working on two two-vehicle crashes on Colorado 50 at mile marker 273 and a crash with multiple trapped occupants on Oak Creek Grade, mile marker 6.

The semi-truck lost its load. Fremont County Sheriff's Office advises drivers traveling on Colorado 50 to go through Cripple Creek on Colorado 9.

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UPDATE 12:51 p.m.

The right turn lane of southbound North Nevada Avenue south of I-25 is blocked by a disabled vehicle.

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UPDATE 12:42 p.m.

A crash has been reported at Family Place and Union Boulevard. Unknown blockages.

A crash has been reported at Constitution and Tutt. Unknown blockages.

A crash has been reported at Delta and Chelton. Unknown blockages.

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UPDATE 12:14 p.m.

A crash is blocking the left lane of westbound Fillmore Street at El Paso Street.

A crash on Chapel Hills Drive and Research Parkway is blocking traffic, Colorado Springs Traffic tweeted.

A crash on Academy Boulevard and Hartsock Lane is causing an unknown blockage.

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UPDATE 12:00 p.m.

The ramp on I-25 to Happy Canyon Road has reopened.

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UPDATE 11:12 a.m.

The southbound I-25 ramp to Happy Canyon Road is closed because of a jack-knifed semi-truck. No estimated time of reopening.

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UPDATE 8:36 a.m.

Police are reporting a crash involving a pedestrian on Broadmoor Bluffs and Chaseglen. Unknown blockages.

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UPDATE 8:24 a.m.

A crash on Vollmer Road and Belveal Drive is blocking traffic, Colorado Springs Traffic tweeted.

A single-vehicle rollover crash is being reported on U.S. 24 and Ramah.

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UPDATE 7:22 a.m.

A crash on Security Boulevard and Willis Drive is being reported. Unknown blockages.

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UPDATE 7:17 a.m.

Two people were seriously injured in a rollover crash on Colorado 83 just north of the El Paso County Line, said Colorado State Patrol. Both people were ejected. Expect heavy delays and a lot of emergency equipment in the area.

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6:52 a.m.

Gazette news partner KKTV is reporting a crash on Interstate 25 north of Monument. Slowing between County Line and Greenland roads. 

Denver International Airport is reporting multiple crashes on Peña Boulevard and advising drivers to slow down for icy conditions.

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