One person was killed and two more injured in a head-on collision near Penrose in Southern Colorado on Feb. 24. One of the vehicles involved in the crash ended up in flames after the collision.
In Colorado and elsewhere, car collisions and other violent traumas can cause a spinal fracture. A fracture of the spine occurs most often in the mid and lower back, but it may fracture at their connection, called the thoracolumbar junction. Extreme energy is usually required to cause these injuries, such as a car collision or a high fall. A weakened vertebra may also fracture due to osteoporosis or other medical conditions.