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Suspect driver crashes into firetruck, ambulance in Adams County, flees from scene

Adams County crash on I-76 near 74th_Jan 6 2022
Posted at 6:08 AM, Jan 06, 2022

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — Authorities say a suspect driver crashed into a firetruck and ambulance at the scene of a separate crash in Adams County Thursday morning, and the driver and passenger fled from the scene, leaving an injured passenger behind.

Master Trooper Gary Cutler, public information officer with the Colorado State Patrol, said the first crash happened at 1:56 a.m. at Interstate 76 and E. 74th Avenue. Two vehicles were involved. The involved people had minor injuries and did not need to be transported to a hospital, he said. An ambulance and firetruck had been called out to the scene.

At 2:32 a.m., a vehicle struck the firetruck and ambulance, Cutler said. The driver and a passenger in that vehicle fled on foot and left behind another passenger, who was injured. That person was transported to a hospital.

Cutler said authorities found a stolen gun in the suspect's vehicle.

One firefighter was struck and transported to a hospital, according to South Adams Fire.

South Adams Fire said the suspect driver was going 60-65 mph during "severe weather conditions" at the time of the crash. The department said the firetruck was significantly damaged, but had it not been in its position, "many other first responders and citizens on the scene would have been in direct path that could have resulted in serious injuries and even potential loss of life/lives."

The department said the investigation remains active, and no further details are available.