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Names Released of Individuals Involved in the April 14 Accident on Highway 287


Colorado State Patrol is investigating a fatal 3-car crash that happened in the early morning hours of Friday, April 14, 2017 on Highway 287 near milepost 122.

Troopers say a Dodge Ram pickup was traveling southbound on the highway when it passed a Peterbilt semi-trailer truck. After doing this, the Dodge then re-entered the northbound lane in front of a Freightliner pulling a box trailer traveling northbound.

The Freightliner collided with the Dodge and caught on fire while traveling on the shoulder of the road. The Peterbilt also collided with the Dodge, forcing the Dodge to roll and travel across the northbound lanes and onto the shoulder.

Christopher W. Northcutt of Amarillo, TX has been positively identified as the restrained driver of a 2015 Dodge Ram Full Sized Pickup.  Mr. Northcutt was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:35 a.m. by Kiowa County Coroner Jimmy R. Brown.  An official cause and manner of Mr. Northcutt’s death has not yet been determined.

The driver of the Freightliner, 32-year-old Bahta Wibshet of Dallas, Texas, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The passenger, 40-year-old Terekegn Abera of Las Vegas, Nevada, was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the Peterbilt, 25-year-old Samuel Ramirez of Dodge City, Kansas, was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.  Photo Credit CSP Lamar & La Junta Twitter.

Highway 287 Fatal Accident

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