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US 285 fully open after deadly, head-on crash between Pine Junction and Conifer

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Posted at 5:22 PM, Aug 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-27 00:59:56-04

DENVER — U.S. 285 was closed Thursday between Pine Junction and Conifer due to a deadly, head-on crash.

At 3:40 p.m., Colorado State Police received a call for the crash involving two vehicles on U.S. 285 around mile point 232, which is between County Road 285E and Kings Valley Drive.

At least four, possibly five, people were involved in the crash, according to CSP. Two people died, an adult and a child, and crews haven't been able to locate another child, a CSP official said. The rest of the people were taken to the hospital with serious or critical injuries.

One lane reopened in each direction by 9 p.m., according to CSP. By 9:57 p.m., all lanes were open.

Officials are asking drivers to avoid the area. Colorado Department of Transportation said to expect long delays.

This story is developing and will be updated.