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Eaton Accident with C/G

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Weld County: CR-29 & 74 Eaton area T/A with heavy damage and extrication and initial reports of poss amputation and now C/G also.

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Weld County U/D: Medevac-1 off-scene after RSI pt for airway control and enroute NCMC now with a trauma red and command is requesting the coroner respond for the second patient.

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A man was killed instantly Thursday afternoon after a sport utility vehicle broadsided his car southwest of Eaton.

The crash happened at the intersection of Weld County roads 74 and 29 about 4 p.m.

The man, Ricardo Munoz-Sigala, 65, of Fort Collins, was traveling eastbound in a 1998 Chevrolet Beretta on Weld 74 heading into Eaton when a 1999 GMC 1500 -- traveling southbound on Weld 29 -- hit the sedan, spinning the car, which wrapped around a wooden power pole at the intersection, according to Sgt. Dennis Schenkenberger of the Colorado State Patrol. Officials used car-cutting tools to get to both men.

The death is the 12th fatality on Weld roads this year.

The driver of the GMC 1500 appeared to have failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection, Schenkenberger said, but the cause of the crash was still under investigation. That driver was airlifted by MedEvac to North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley with critical injuries.

Authorities did not identify the driver of the GMC 1500, however, witnesses at the scene identified him as Pedro Meza, an oil rig worker who had just gotten off work at his rig near the intersection and was driving home when the crash happened. Meza was in surgery Thursday night with serious head injuries and remained in critical condition.

Warren Schwartz, Meza's coworker, said the men work together on the rig owned by Basic Energy.

Schenkenberger said drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be factors in the crash.

The intersection was the site of a September 2007 motorcycle crash that killed Bethany Gibson, 21, of Greeley. The motorcycle skidded out of control as it traveled southbound on Weld 29, killing Gibson and seriously injuring Tyrrell Kochenower, 28, of Clifton. A memorial to Gibson, a pink heart and cross, still stands at the intersection a few feet from Thursday's crash.
 
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