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Man airlifted to Denver after crash near Wolcott

WOLCOTT, Colorado - A 34-year-old man was seriously injured and then airlifted to Denver on Saturday evening following a crash near Wolcott.

According to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol, at around 6:30 p.m., Francisco Soto Cano, 19, was driving a 1992 Honda sedan westbound on U.S. Highway 6 when he drove off the road and rolled down an embankment. Soto Cano, of Eagle, suffered minor injuries and emerged from the wreckage on his own, but the front-seat passenger, Octavio Mendoza-Almaran, of Edwards, was pinned inside when the vehicle landed on its roof, the release said.

Mendoza-Almaran was extricated and transported to Vail Valley Medical Center before getting flown to Denver Health in Denver.

Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash, the state patrol said. Soto Cano was arrested but remains under observation at Vail Valley Medical Center. Official charges have yet to be filed with the Eagle County District Attorney's Office.

The Eagle Fire Department, the Western Eagle County Ambulance District and the Eagle County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene, along with the Colorado State Patrol. Lucas Towing recovered the vehicle and towed it from the scene.


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