Saguache Sheriff's deputy involved in crash on CR U60 

SAGUACHE COUNTY — A Saguache County Sheriff's Office deputy and a Colorado Springs man were injured Thursday afternoon, Aug. 18, in a two-vehicle crash on Saguache County Road U60 at Shakedown Street near the town of Moffat, the Colorado State Patrol reported. 

At approximately 1:17 p.m., a Saguache County Sheriff’s Office deputy was responding to a call travelling eastbound on Saguache County Road U60, CSP reported. The deputy was driving a 2019 Ram 1500 patrol truck with emergency lights and sirens activated. The second vehicle was a 2018 Toyota 4Runner driven by Erik Martinez from Colorado Springs.  

Both vehicles were eastbound on Saguache County Road U60 with the Toyota 4Runner in front of the Ram patrol truck, CSP reported. The Toyota slowed as the Ram approached from the rear. The Ram then went into the left lane to pass the Toyota. 

The Toyota then turned left in front of the Ram causing the vehicles to collide, CSP reported. After impact both vehicles continued off the left side of the roadway and the Toyota rolled ½ times coming to rest on its top. Both vehicles were heavily damaged because of the crash and both drivers were transported to the San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center in Alamosa for injuries. 

The deputy was treated for minor injuries and released. Martinez sustained life-threatening injuries but refused the doctor’s order for ICU treatment and left the hospital.