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Highway 24 closed east of Colorado Springs due to fatal crash

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UPDATE: Colorado State Patrol tweeted that all lanes of Highway 24 are back open as of noon on Saturday.


Both eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 24 are closed in Ramah Saturday morning due to a fatal crash. According to Colorado State Patrol (CSP) the driver was traveling eastbound on Colorado Highway 24 when his vehicle drifted into the westbound lane, and onto the north shoulder where it collided with a guardrail.

Investigators say the driver then caused the car to rotate clockwise facing a westbound truck, the truck collided with the front of the vehicle. This then lead the truck to collide with a guardrail before coming to a rest.

The driver of the vehicle is 88-year old Richard Alessi of Washington, Illinois.  Alessi was transported using Flight for Life with serious injuries, there were two other passengers in the vehicle.

The front seat passenger is identified as Robert Writer-Alessi who was also transported with serious injuries, rear seat passenger Barbara Alessi was pronounced dead on scene. 

The driver of the truck 29-year old Justin Lazor of Calhan, CO was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. 

Eastbound traffic is being rerouted via Blasingame Road, while westbound traffic is being diverted using Commercial St.

CSP says alcohol/drugs and speed are not considered factors in the crash, however they are still conducting an investigation. 

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