La Junta man dies in Otero County crash

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OTERO COUNTY, Colo. — Colorado State Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle crash that left one man dead Thursday.

It happened shortly before 1 a.m. on Otero County Road AA about one mile east of La Junta.

Authorities say a 2006 Ford Freestar van driven by 60-year-old Anthony Garcia of La Junta was traveling westbound on Otero County Road AA when the Ford drifted off the let side of the road, traveling into an irrigation ditch and colliding with a metal culvert. The Ford came to rest on its wheels in the ditch then caught on fire.

Garcia was pronounced dead on scene. He was wearing his seatbelt, authorities say.

Alcohol is being considered as a contributing factor in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

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