The Colorado State Patrol says two men died after the truck they were riding in collided with a train. It happened Tuesday afternoon just east of Rocky Ford.
57-year-old Fred Grano of Rocky Ford was driving the truck northbound on Otero County Road 20.5 when he didn't yield the right of way at a marked railroad crossing, and he pulled out in front of a train. The train pushed the truck along the tracks before the truck went of the tracks and rolled. Grano was ejected and his passenger, 35-year-old Theodore Torres of La Junta, was also ejected. Both men died at the scene. They were not wearing seat belts.
ROCKY FORD, Colo. -- The Colorado State Patrol said two men died after their pickup truck collided with a train in southeast Colorado.
The crash happened around 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, just east of Rocky Ford in Otero County.
Investigators were still gathering details, but troopers said a 2002 Ford F150 pickup was on Otero County Road 20.5 when failed to stop for the train at a marked railroad crossing and struck the BNSF train.
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The truck rolled once, ejecting the two men. Their bodies came to rest approximately 250 feet from the point of impact.
The victims were identified by the Colorado State Patrol as Fred Grano, 57, of Rocky Ford, and Theodore Torres, 35, of La Junta.
Authorities are awaiting toxicology test results to determine whether alcohol or drugs may have been factors in the crash.