GOLDEN, Colo. -- A multivehicle crash caused by a deer running across the road closed Highway 58 on Tuesday morning, the Golden Police Department said.
Officials said the deer jumped into westbound traffic near the Boyd Street exit about 6:30 a.m.
The drivers of two vehicles slammed their brakes in an attempt to avoid the deer, but a rock hauler traveling behind them rammed into the vehicles, police said.
One vehicle fatally struck the deer. The second vehicle, a pickup truck, rolled and landed off the highway.
Three people in the pickup truck were taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle and the semitruck were not injured.
Highway 58 was closed for several hours after the semitruck leaked oil onto the highway for crews to clean up the accident.