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2 killed, 2 injured in ATV crash on Corkscrew Pass near Silverton

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Posted at 6:59 AM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 08:59:37-04

SILVERTON, Colo. -- Authorities say two people were killed and two others were injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash in southwestern Colorado.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office says Gary Adkinson was driving the ATV with three passengers north of Silverton on Tuesday evening. The vehicle was having transmission problems so Adkinson tried to coast down Corkscrew Pass.

Investigators say the brakes failed, and the ATV left the roadway and rolled about 75 feet down a steep embankment.

Adkinson and his wife, LaNita Adkinson, were seriously injured and are recovering at a hospital in Denver. Killed in the crash were the couple's son, 26-year-old Bryson Adkinson, and their son-in-law, 35-year-old Ryan King.

The family is from Nacogdoches, Texas, and was vacationing in Silverton.