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    Tuesday, January 12, 2010
    COAL BANK PASS - Authorities Monday were trying to identify a woman who was killed on Coal Bank Pass when her Lexus plunged 550 feet off an embankment.
    The crash occurred sometime between Tuesday and Sunday on the north side of Coal Bank Pass at mile marker 57.5 where there is a pull-off for drivers to view Twilight Peak, said Capt. Martin Petrik, with the Colorado State Patrol.

    The vehicle was found by a Durango snowboarder who pulled over on the side of the highway and noticed the crunched vehicle at the bottom of the cliff. He reported the crash at 4:10 p.m. Sunday.

    Authorities confirmed the driver died Sunday night. Rescue workers in San Juan County retrieved the body Monday, and they hoped to positively identify the victim today.

    It was unknown how the crash occurred.

    Authorities were investigating the possibility the victim is a woman who was reported missing Saturday morning in Durango.

    The missing woman was identified as Antonetta Massey, 43, of Las Vegas, who was visiting Durango, said Sgt. Dan Shry with the Durango Police Department. But he stressed that no positive identification had been made.

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