On Monday, Feb. 6, at approximately 7:27 p.m., officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident in the 1300 block of Highway 50 in North Delta. The accident scene was located in the eastbound lane with one vehicle still in the lanes of traffic and the other vehicle on the south side of the roadway. The damage to the vehicles indicated the crash was potentially a head-on collision. Four people were involved. Two people sustained serious injuries, one sustained life-ending injuries, and one person refused care. Delta County coroner Lance Boren identified the deceased as Gladys Varela, 19, of Olathe.
Highway 50 was closed and traffic diverted to an alternate route, including the use of G-50 Road, with the assistance of Colorado Department of Transportation. Multiple agencies, to include Delta Fire, Delta County Ambulance District, Delta County Sheriff's Office, and Colorado State Patrol worked together to assist in the investigation. The highway was fully re-opened around 12:45 a.m.
Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Delta Police Department at 970-874-7676 as soon as possible.
Two accidents involving school property are proving costly for Delta County Joint School District, district business manager Jim Ventrello reported last week. Both incidents involved uninsured drivers, forcing the school district to file claims with its insurance provider and pay deductibles of $10,000.