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April 15, 2013
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Three dead in head-on crash in Glenwood Canyon

Driver from Glenwood, passenger from Carbondale are among the victims

Three people died Sunday morning after the vehicle they were traveling in collided with a semi-truck on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon about 13 miles east of Glenwood Springs.

Around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, a 2006 Audi was traveling east on I-70 in the westbound lane, and a King Soopers semi-truck was traveling west in the westbound lane when the vehicles collided head on near milepost 129. There were three occupants in the Audi. The driver of the Audi was identified as Brianda Zavala, a 17-year-old girl from Glenwood Springs. She was wearing her seat belt. Two passengers in the Audi were identified as Jennifer Nevarez, a 16-year-old girl from Carbondale, and Albino Ortiz-Monge, a 24-year-old man from Gypsum, both of whom were sitting in the back seat but were not wearing seat belts. All three occupants died on the scene as a result of their injuries.

The driver of the semi-truck was identified as Peter Zhuchok, a 54-year-old man from Aurora. He was uninjured in the crash and was the only occupant of the vehicle. The roads were wet at the time of the crash, and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The crash happened in a construction zone, so it shut down both eastbound and westbound traffic for approximately four hours.

The current road construction in Glenwood Canyon has shifted all Interstate 70 eastbound traffic into the normal westbound travel lanes, creating one eastbound lane of traffic and one westbound lane of traffic. The construction zone continues over a six-mile stretch of Glenwood Canyon. During the closure, westbound traffic was diverted at Dotsero and eastbound traffic was diverted at Glenwood Springs.

The Eagle County Sheriff's Office, the Garfield County Coroner's Office, the Gypsum Fire Department, the Eagle County Ambulance District and the Colorado Department of Transportation responded to the scene with the Colorado State Patrol.

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The Post Independent Updated Apr 15, 2013 01:26AM Published Apr 15, 2013 01:23AM Copyright 2013 The Post Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.