Second Colorado State Patrol Vehicle Struck within Two Days

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Following another incident earlier this week on Wednesday where a Colorado State Patrol motorcycle and local tow truck were hit during a crash investigation near Colorado Springs, yesterday morning another CSP vehicle was struck while helping a stranded motorist.

At 8 am Thursday morning, Trooper Barco of the Colorado State Patrol responded to a stranded motorist on Interstate 76 near milepost 111. Through his coordination, a local tow company arrived on the scene to get the motorist off the road.  During the vehicle recovery, Trooper Barco watched as a black Dodge 2500 pickup failed to react to his or the tow truck’s activated emergency lights. Trooper Barco moved himself and the other motorist to the center median to avoid the pending collision when the pickup impacted the passenger side of the patrol car. The driver of the pickup was transported with non-life-threatening injuries, while all other parties on the scene escaped with no injuries.  Although still under investigation, distracted driving may be a factor in the crash, and the driver will be charged accordingly.

“Wake up Colorado,” said Colonel Matthew C. Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol.  “The slow down or move over law is to protect us, so we can protect you, just as Trooper Barco protected the other motorist in need.  Please move over and curb any distraction that takes away from your responsibility to be a safe driver!”


Since our origin in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has focused on preserving human life and protecting property within our communities. Our 1,100 members embody the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect in their daily jobs.  In addition to our expertise in motor vehicle safety on the state’s roadways, the CSP is responsible for the Governor and other dignitaries’ protection, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, hazardous materials, homeland security, communications, investigative services, criminal interdiction, community education, aviation operations, and more.