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Driver killed in crash involving plow identified

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Jan 28 2014 01:34:59 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 29 2014 05:26:47 PM CST

Chris Jacobs / KRDO.com

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. -

The Colorado State Patrol has identified a man who died in a crash that closed down Highway 67 on Tuesday (1/28/14) as Nathaniel Oehlke, 23, of Divide.

The accident happened at mile marker 57, which is about four miles north of Cripple Creek in Teller County.

Troopers say Oehlke was driving southbound on Highway 67 when he lost control of his pickup truck. The truck's left slide slammed into the snow plow's blade. Oehlke was not wearing a seat belt. He was killed in the accident.

The driver of the plow, Timothy Kirtley, 40, of Florissant tried to avoid the crash by driving onto the northbound shoulder.

Kirtley was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the accident.

State Patrol investigators say the roads were icy and snow packed and that Oehlke may have been going too fast for the conditions.

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