JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - U.S. Highway 6 has reopened after a deadly head-on crash involving a casino bus and two other vehicles shut down the highway early Sunday morning.
A Ford Explorer traveling east on Highway 6 crossed over the center line in Tunnel 1 and slammed into the Horizon Coach Lines bus at about 6 a.m., Karlyn Tilly with the Golden Police Department confirmed.
The 58-year-old driver of the SUV was killed in the crash.
A gold Chevrolet sedan which was also heading east hit the SUV, according to the Colorado State Patrol. One person in that car was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
There were 40 casino employees and one driver in the bus, Tilly said. Eight people on the bus were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
7NEWS Photojournalist Eric Goody said he saw at least five ambulances come down Clear Creek Canyon from the crash.
Goody also reported seeing a bus being sent up the canyon to transport uninjured people stranded by the crash.
The highway reopened shortly before noon, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.