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Colorado Springs driver dies in Thursday accident

Staff Writer

A Colorado Springs man was killed in an accident east of Pagosa Springs late Thursday afternoon, with the accident closing the highway for more than two hours.

The accident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, near mile marker 150. A 2000 Dodge Caravan was traveling eastbound on U.S. 160 when the driver lost control on the icy surface and the van crossed into the oncoming lane while rotating counterclockwise.

The right side of the Caravan then hit the front of a 2003 Ford F150 traveling westbound on the highway.

Both vehicles came to rest on their wheels, with the Caravan facing north and the pickup facing west.

The driver of the Caravan, William Burns, 58, of Colorado Springs, was declared dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the Ford, James Hopkins, 78, of Ignacio, sustained minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.

This story was posted on November 22, 2013.
  • son

    We are deeply sad to have learned of the passing of William (Bill) Burns. We are praying for the quick recovery of James Hopkins. Bill was a loving father, husband and friend who’s death has affected many in the community. He left behind a wife after 38 years of marriage, 1 son and two daughters.

  • Friend

    Bill will be deeply missed in the LDS religious community here in Colorado Springs. He was a faithful priesthood holder and served many in and out of the church. He served for nearly five years as a volunteer in the Colorado Prisons near Canon City teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our condolences to his wife and children. He will be sorely missed.

  • Basketball Friend

    Bill was a great man and a good friend. We will miss his refereeing, coaching, sneaky shot/passes, and grunting long shots and general humor that he brought to the mens lunchtime basketball league for so many years. Rest In Peace brother!!!

  • Milley

    It was with deep sadness when we heard of William (Bill) Burns passing. We also pray for the quick recover of James Hopkins. We are the parents of Bill’s son’s wife and have known Bill for 27 plus years. He had great love and devotion for his wife, children and grandchildren. He also had many great friends and was very active in serving in his community. He will sorely be missed. Many thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family he left behind, may they be blessed with healing.

  • reality

    R.I.P. Please folks make sure everyone wears their seatbelts. In this weather you don’t know what might be coming at you from any angle.