Littleton man killed in crash on Highway 285

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BAILEY, Colo. — A Littleton man was killed in a crash on Highway 285 near Bailey Tuesday.

The Colorado State Patrol said the crash happened Tuesday morning on Highway 285 at mile marker 216.1, which is about eight miles south of Bailey.

A 2001 Buick Century was headed southbound on the highway when, for an unknown reason, it went over the yellow center line and into the path of a 2000 Peterbilt dump truck that was headed northbound. The truck driver tried to avoid a collision by turning and braking, but the front of the truck collided with the front of the Buick. The impact pushed the Buick backward and down a steep embankment, where it rolled over and hit a large tree.

The dump truck went off the west side of the road and down a steep embankment, rolling a quarter turn onto its side.

The driver of the Buick, 76-year-old John Tonnsen of Littleton, was not wearing his seatbelt. Troopers said he died at the scene as a result of injures sustained in the crash.

The driver of the truck, 40-year-old Philip Leckburg of Bailey, was wearing his seatbelt. He sustained minor injuries.

Troopers said the dump truck is owned by the Park County Road and Bridge Department and was being used to haul rock to Bailey.

Highway 285 was closed for about four hours while crews investigated the crash.

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