One man suffered life-threatening injuries after a severe car crash on U.S. 50 at mile marker 141, about 20 miles west of Gunnison on Friday.
The Colorado State Patrol said that a 17-year-old boy from Mosca, Colorado, driving a Nissan Pathfinder was headed eastbound on U.S. 50 when he crossed over the centerline into the west bound lane colliding with a 59-year-old man from Grand Junction driving a Ford F350 pulling a trailer.
The Ford’s driver and his female passenger, 55, escaped injury.
The CSP said that both parties were wearing seatbelts. Law enforcement suspects marijuana was a potential contributing factor in the crash.
Delays continued through the afternoon on U.S. 50 along the Blue Mesa Reservoir, but by 2:30 p.m. the vehicles were cleared and the road was opened completely.
Emily Ayers is a staff writer for the Montrose Daily Press.