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Drivers escape with minor injuries after crash on Highway 287

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Colorado State Patrol

CHEYENNE COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- A three-vehicle accident that closed Highway 287 produced some gruesome wreckage, but the Colorado State Patrol said all drivers came away with non-life threatening injuries.

Around 11:35 a.m. Friday, troopers were called to a crash near mile post 131. A car had driven into the northbound lane and clipped a northbound tractor trailer, causing the car to rotate. That's when a second tractor trailer hit the spinning car and pushed it to the side of the highway.

The first trailer went off the side of the highway at a bridge and came to rest on its roof in the river bed. The second semi came to a stop in the southbound lane.

The wife of the driver whose semi truck landed on its roof tells KRDO her husband sustained broken ribs and a broken arm.

"He’s alive and that’s a miracle in itself," she wrote in an email to KRDO.

In a tweet later Friday, CSP posted a picture of the wrecked passenger car while saying the driver sustained only minor injuries.

"Driver [was] wearing his seat belt, minor injuries," the post reads in part. "Seat belts save lives folks. Please buckle up."

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