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Crews respond to crashes in Cortez

Police and rescue crews on Tuesday responded to a two-vehicle crash on the intersection of Empire Street and Colorado Highway 145.
One man hospitalized; both incidents under investigation

Emergency crews responded to two crashes Tuesday in Cortez.

About noon, a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Empire Street and Colorado Highway 145 caused significant damage to a pickup truck and a passenger car.

Both vehicles had a single occupant, and no injuries were reported, said Cortez Fire Protection Battalion Chief Charlie Borden. The female drivers were wearing seat belts, and air bags deployed.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, he said. The disabled vehicles blocked the intersection for about an hour, and police set up traffic control to direct drivers around it.

A driver lost control and crashed into a residence on Tuesday afternoon in south Cortez.

About 1 p.m., police and rescue teams responded after a pickup truck crashed into a yard at the intersection of South Market Street and Seventh Street.

The driver suffered a suspected medical issue while traveling south on Market Street and crashed into the Seventh Street residence, Borden said.

The vehicle went through a fence, hit a tree and stopped in thick shrubbery next to the house.

The man was transported to Southwest Memorial Hospital, and incident is under investigation by Cortez Police.

Responding agencies to the crashes were Cortez Police, Cortez Fire Protection District, Montezuma County Sheriff, and Southwest Health System ambulance.