Wrong-Way Driver Dies In Fiery Crash On Colfax

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– One person was killed in a fiery crash in Golden on Wednesday evening after a head-on collision.

The driver of the white Chevy S-10 pickup truck was going eastbound in the westbound lanes of Colfax at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver collided with a white Toyota Tundra pickup truck with a camper shell. Both trucks burst into flames.

Inside the Toyota were a father and son. The father was uninjured and the son was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver who was traveling the wrong way died. The identity of the driver has not been released.

“We also don’t know right now if the driver who was killed is a man or a woman. The fire really damaged the evidence,” said Golden Fire Department spokeswoman Karlyn Tilley. “No IDs have been made at this point. We’re still trying to identify who was in the car and what exactly happened.”

The Golden Fire Department is investigating how the fire started. Fire investigators said it is highly unusual for vehicles to catch fire even in head-on collisions.

Dispatchers called out the Golden Fire Department and at the same time, called the Pleasant View Fire Department to assist, because the fire was just blocks from their fire station.

“Pleasant View Fire was able to get here first and start putting the fire out immediately. Within a few more minutes Golden Fire responded,” said Tilley.

Both directions of Colfax were closed from 6th Ave. to Moss St. immediately following the accident and for several hours. Colfax was expected to reopen in time for the morning commute.

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