Two tourists killed in fatal crash in Fryingpan River

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BASALT, Colo. — Two tourists were identified Sunday as the victims of a deadly SUV crash into the Fryingpan River.

Officers responded to a call of a vehicle spotted upright and submerged in the river by a bicyclist on Saturday afternoon east of Basalt around 4:40 p.m. Investigators found two women inside the car who were declared dead on scene, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The vehicle, a rental minivan, had been heading northbound on Frying Pan Road when the right tire went off the side of the road. The driver was unable to correct and the van went down the embankment and into the river upright, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

A fisherman downstream saw debris in the previous 30 to 40 minutes, so investigators believe the van went into the river between 4 p.m. and when it was spotted by the cyclist.

No alcohol or drugs were believed to be involved in the incident.

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