Dec. 21 Accident

An electric sign warns of the severe accident on Highway 348 which caused the deaths of three people.

Three are dead after a two-vehicle collision in Delta on the afternoon of Dec. 21 which involved a Suburban versus a Delta County dump truck. The accident took place by Brickyard Hill on Highway 348, on the west end of town.

According to Delta County Sheriff Mark Taylor and Colorado State Patrol (CSP) Public Information Officer Master Trooper Gary Cutler, the incident was a head-on collision caused by the westbound Suburban leaving its lane and entering oncoming traffic in front of the eastbound dump truck.

According to Cutler, CSP is still investigating excessive speed as a factor in the crash but impairment by alcohol or drugs has been ruled out.

According to the Delta County Coroner’s Office, the deceased occupants of the Suburban are Leon Cano, Noeservando Lopez and Francisco Javier Morales Quiroz.

The driver of the county dump truck, Ron Haining, was transported to Delta Health with reportedly non-life threatening injuries.

The 32-year-old driver of the Suburban was transported to Delta Health, where he was declared deceased. A 34-year-old passenger was declared deceased on the scene and a third party was declared deceased at some point following the accident.

Victor Cano, 39, was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction via Care Flight and his status is unknown at this time.

The four occupants in the Suburban were reportedly migrant, seasonal workers and a GoFundMe page out of Cedaredge was set up to support the families of the deceased.

The GoFundMe page was posted by Jose Gonzales with a goal of reaching $15,000.

“I am doing this fundraiser to help the families of the three angels that were taken from their families,” Gonzales said, explaining that, leading up to the crash, “four friends were driving from one work site to another as it is usually required to go from work sites when jobs are completed and suffered an accident. These four men came to work in the U.S as seasonal workers every year, they work long hours and provide the best quality of work to ensure we all have the best and fresh food to our tables.”

Gonzales said the money raised would go toward the families of the victims and any funeral costs.

A second minor accident with no known injuries occurred shortly afterwards a short distance away, caused likely by the distraction of the initia accident.

This article was updated Dec. 30, 2021 to add the names of the deceased.

Lucas Vader is a staff writer for the Delta County Independent. Follow him on Twitter, @lucasrvader.

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