A car flew off a cliff at the Colorado National Monument Monday afternoon killing at least one person. Hikers on their way down the Monument Canyon Trail found the smoking vehicle a little after 1:00 PM. By the time rescue workers got to the scene, it was clear no one could have survived the more–than 300–foot drop.
The vehicle apparently went of the road, which was wet but not icy, near the Upper Monument Canyon Trailhead. An accident reconstructionist with the Colorado State Patrol said there was no evidence the driver took evasive measures or tried to stop.
After looking at the tire tracks leading off the road, he also said the vehicle appeared to have been traveling more than the 25 mile–per–hour posted speed limit. Rescue workers were bringing the body out of the canyon on foot late Monday afternoon.
An autopsy will likely not be performed before Tuesday.
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