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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- A pickup truck plunged off U.S. Highway 6 into Clear Creek Monday afternoon, killing the one man inside the vehicle.

Overturned and badly mangled, the deployed airbags of the truck beat wildly as water rushes through.

The passenger compartment was peeled back from the impact.

The state patrol says the driver died instantly, though investigators can’t say whether it was the cold water or crash that killed him.

Investigators' flares marked the tracks on US 6 not far from Highway 119 where the driver lost control of his truck.

They say where the truck landed is a clue that the driver may have been going too fast.

As a wrecker dragged the truck out of the fast-moving water, a woman looked on in disbelief. Deputies say she is the driver’s mother.

She arrived along with her husband to the see the wreck up close.

They are visibly shaken, and as they learn about the tragedy deputies offer what they can, consolation.

U.S. 6 remained reopened in Clear Creek Canyon after 9:00 Monday night.

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