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Vehicle Crash Off Rim Rock Drive

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Date: September 13, 2022
Contact: Arlene Jackson, 970-858-2833

Fruita, CO – The staff at Colorado National Monument is saddened to report that last night a vehicle left Rim Rock Drive near the Coke Ovens Overlook. The 911 call came in at approximately 10:20pm. There were two individuals in the vehicle. The 28-year-old male was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital. The 28-year-old female was found deceased at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Colorado National Monument staff’s thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the vehicle occupants. The rangers are thankful for the valuable assistance from the Colorado State Patrol, Lower Valley Fire Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Mesa County Sheriff’s Technical Rescue Team, CareFlight and the Mesa County Coroner.

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Last updated: September 13, 2022

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