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Head-on crash near Hayden sends 2 to hospital

A head-on crash Thursday morning on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden sent two people to the hospital. (Photo by West Routt Fire Protection District)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Grand Junction man was seriously injured, and a Hayden man was also injured in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 40 east of Hayden near mile marker 111.

Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Jason Shimp said there was heavy rain when the crash occurred about 9:30 a.m.

A witness told Shimp what happened.

The witness was driving eastbound when a black Dodge pickup driven by 22-year-old Joseph Aguilar of Grand Junction passed the witness in a passing zone.

The pickup Aguilar was driving was registered out of Craig, so his residency was unclear.

While passing, Aguilar tried to get back into the the eastbound lane because a white Dodge pickup was approaching.

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Fifty-five-year-old Hayden resident David Snyder was driving the white pickup.

Aguilar lost control while trying to get back into the eastbound lane and hit Snyder head-on.

Aguilar had serious injuries. West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters took him to UCHeath Yampa Valley Medical Center, and then he was flown to Denver Health.

Snyder had moderate injuries and was treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Aguilar will be issued a citation for careless driving causing injury.

It was believed both men were wearing seatbelts.

Shimp urged drivers to be careful, especially with rain and snow in the forecast.

"Now we are in the season where we have ever-changing weather conditions so adjust speed accordingly," Shimp said.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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