A state trooper is recovering after a head-on collision with a an Arapahoe County deputy near Watkins Saturday afternoon.
Both officers in the wreck were rushed to area hospitals, police say. The trooper, identified as Corporal Ivan Alvardo, has serious injuries but is communicating with emergency responders.
Alvardo has been with Colorado State Patrol for ten years.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office says their deputy, identified as Dale Davis, was released from the hospital on Saturday. He has been a deputy with the department for six years.
Despite serious inj, dep released from 🏥. We're thankful for exceptional care received, asst of many agencies & well wishes from community.— Arapahoe Sheriff (@ArapahoeSO) June 18, 2017
The Colorado State Patrol vehicle had its roof completely ripped off as first responders had to cut the trooper out of the vehicle. He was transported by AirLife Denver. The deputy was in an SUV that suffered significant damage and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
Both officers were responding to reports of a road rage incident involving a handgun at 80th Avenue and Schumacher Road in Bennett when they hit each other head-on, Aurora Police say.
Police say they do not know why they were going in opposite directions.
The crash happened at the intersection of East 48th Avenue and Manilla Road in unincorporated Adams County near Watkins, police say.
This is a developing story. Stay with 9NEWS for updates. An earlier version of this article misrepresented the medical company that picked up the injured trooper.
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