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June 21, 2023

Pagosa Fire Protection District was called to respond to a vehicle accident reported at the US Highway 160 and US Highway 151 intersection at 10:54 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21st, 2023. The notification was received through the 911 system managed by Archuleta County Combined Dispatch center.

The first arriving engine company completed scene size-up noting a two-vehicle accident involving a passenger pick-up truck and a motorcycle. Size-up also noted two individuals had been thrown from motorcycle and come to rest in the roadway. Emergency medical personnel completed patient assessment and determined no resuscitation efforts would be conducted. Responders secured the scene, mitigated fluid hazards, and provided support to law enforcement units.

The position of the vehicles required both highways to be closed to provide a safe working environment for responders. US Highway 160 was able to reopen after a short time with a modified traffic flow; US Highway 151 remained closed for the duration of the accident investigation.

PFPD responded with two engines, one fire marshal vehicle, and six paid personnel. Upper San Juan Hospital District responded with two ambulances. Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office responded and assisted with traffic control. Traffic control duties were transferred to Colorado Department of Transportation staff after the initial re-opening of US Highway 160. Colorado State Patrol responded with two patrol units and one investigation unit.

PFPD was on scene for approx. one hour and ten minutes.

There are no firefighter injuries to report. The accident is under investigation by Colorado State Patrol.

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Submitted by: Pagosa Fire Protection District Public Information Division
Approved: Karn Macht, Deputy Fire Chief