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Fatal crash closes portion of Highway 285 near Morrison

Drivers are being told to take Parmalee Gulch Road or Jefferson County Road 73 to get to Highway 74 in Evergreen.
Credit: Colorado State Patrol

MORRISON, Colorado — A fatal crash caused backups on northbound Highway 285 in Morrison.

West Metro Fire Rescue  (WMFR) said a semi rolled over, causing the truck's cab to separate from the tank it was hauling. The truck cab went down a steep incline and the driver was ejected, WMFR said.

Colorado State Patrol (CSP) said it was assisting Morrison Police with the crash. The crash happened near milepost 248 which is just before Colorado Highway 8.

The northbound lanes of 285 were closed at Parmalee Gulch Road, which is the road to get to Indian Hills, according to a tweet from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). One lane has since reopened. 

CSP asked commercial vehicle drivers to pull over and find a place to wait out the closure. Passenger vehicle drivers were told to take Highway 73 in Conifer to Highway 74 in Evergreen. Drivers could also take Parmalee Gulch Road to hook up with Highway 74 in Kittredge.

From there, drivers could turn left onto Highway 74 and take it to Interstate 70 or turn right and take Highway 74 into Morrison.

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