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Serious accident leaves two mules dead and one person injured

Posted at 1:38 PM, Jun 14, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS – The Colorado State Patrol is looking into the cause of a serious crash on the Peyton Highway near Sweet Rd. which is north of Highway 24. CSP says the driver of a pickup truck slammed into a mule-drawn buggy. The driver of the buggy has been airlifted to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Both of the mules were killed.

According to the State Patrol, a 2005 Ford F-150, driven by 18-year-old Isaac Hermes, of Elbert, was traveling northbound on Peyton Highway. A carriage being pulled by two mules, operated by 52-year-old Kristin Ballotti, of Peyton, was also traveling northbound on Peyton Highway. The front of the Ford F-150 collided with the rear of the carriage. The Ford F-150 came to rest across both lanes facing northeast. The carriage came to rest in the northbound lane facing east.

During the crash, the operator of the carriage was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported by helicopter to Memorial Central Hospital with moderate injuries. The two mules pulling the carriage died at the scene. The driver of the Ford F-150 was wearing his seatbelt and he was not injured. Speed and inattentive driving are being considered factors in this crash