Three people were killed when a jeep on an off-road tour rolled off a cliff on a remote trail.
The fatal crash happened at Imogene Pass in Ouray County, Colorado on Monday. The victims included two tourists from Arizona and a local tour guide who was driving the vehicle.
The victims were identified as Diana Robles, 28, Ofelia Figueroa-Perez, 60, and Don Fehd, 72.
The 2022 Jeep Gladiator was driving on Ouray County Road 361 toward the town of Ouray when it lost control and was swept over a cliff wall, Colorado State Police said.
After falling 110 feet and hitting the ground, the Jeep rolled down an embankment another 142 feet near Canyon Creek.
First responders found the vehicle lying on its roof. The two passengers, Robles and Figueroa-Perez, were both killed.
Fehd was thrown from the jeep after falling off the cliff.
The tour was scheduled to start at 8.00am on Monday. Investigators believe the crash happened between 11am and 12am as the group was returning.
The incident remains under investigation. “At this point there is nothing that has given us cause to pull off the road,” Colorado State Police told Metro.co.uk.
The Jeep was owned and operated by Colorado West Jeeps, a tour company in Ouray, Colorado State Police said.
Fecht worked as a tour guide at Colorado West Jeeps, the Ouray County Plaindealer reported.
Robles and Figueroa-Perez were both from Yuma, Arizona. Robles was Figueroa-Perez’s niece, and they both worked as nurses at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
Another family member, Diana Robles, shared a memorial for the two health care workers on Facebook.
“We as a family want to thank everyone who showed any act of love, phone call, message, messenger, brought food, water, Thank you!” she wrote “We know they are in God’s merciful hands, because as nurses they had hands that healed every life they touched.”
This is the second fatal accident on Imogene Pass in a week. On Sept. 5, a man was killed and a woman was injured when an ATV veered off the trail, the Montrose Daily Press reported.
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