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Wolf Creek Pass crash injures six, one critical

Six Durango residents, each 18 years of age, were injured Sunday, July 26, in a one-vehicle crash on Wolf Creek Pass.

The Colorado State Patrol and local emergency response units were called to the crash site at milemarker 162 at 7:40 a.m.

According to a CSP report, a 2008 Chevy Malibu, driven by Kyle Branson, was westbound on the west side of Wolf Creek Pass when it drifted off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle struck the end of a guard rail head on, then struck a rock retaining wall.

Driver fatigue is suspected as a contributing factor in the crash.

All six occupants were transported to Pagosa Mountain Hospital: Branson, Taylor Byrd, Erin Sornsin, Michael Mahan, Johnathan Constantino and Dillon Egger.

Mahan and Constantino were examined and released. Branson, Byrd and Sornsin were taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, where they remained Tuesday. Egger was flown to Mercy, then flown to Swedish Medical Center in Denver where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday.

Branson and Byrd were wearing seatbelts; the other occupants were unrestrained at the time of the crash.