Boulder man killed, 2 injured after vehicle collides with elk near Pueblo

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PUEBLO, Colo. — A Boulder man was killed and two others injured after their vehicle struck an elk early Thursday on Interstate 25 north of Pueblo, the Colorado State Patrol said.

A 2001 Chevrolet Malibu being driven by 19-year-old Todd Jones Jr. of Lafayette was traveling northbound in the right lane when the vehicle struck an elk about 3:30 a.m.

The vehicle went into the center median, through both southbound lanes and onto the dirt portion of the west shoulder, where it struck a phone box and a fence, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Todd Jones Sr., 46, was taken to a hospital but was later pronounced dead. Todd Jones Sr. was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. The Colorado State Patrol said both men were not wearing seat belts.

Jordan Thomas, who was a passenger in the back seat, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. His age and hometown were not provided.

The crash remains under investigation, but the Colorado State Patrol said excessive speed, and alcohol or drug use are not being considered a factor.

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