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March 21, 2012
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Rifle woman dies in single-car accident

DE BEQUE, Colorado - A Rifle woman died and two men were injured early Sunday, March 18, when the car they were traveling in veered into the center median on I-70 near De Beque and hit a rock structure.

The crash occurred at about 2:40 a.m. on eastbound I-70 near milepost 66, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Bonnie Collins.

Anthony Bracamontes, 21, of Rifle was driving east in a Chevrolet Impala when the vehicle strayed into and across the median and hit a rock structure. The vehicle rolled backwards after the impact and caught fire.

Passing motorists stopped to pull Bracamontes and his two passengers out of the vehicle as it became engulfed in flames, Collins reported.

Passenger Christina Flager, 19, of Rifle died at the scene from injuries sustained during the crash.

Bracamontes and another passenger, Erick Fernandez, 26, of Grand Junction, were taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Alcohol and excessive speed are believed to be factors in the crash, Collins said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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