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4-car crash closes I-70 for an hour

Post Independent Writer

By Carrie Click

Post Independent Staff

A four-vehicle chain reaction crash closed westbound Interstate 70 between Parachute and DeBeque for about an hour Friday morning.

At about 9:20 a.m., Charles Stewart, 57, of Henderson, Nev., was driving a Ryder moving truck when he failed to stop for traffic in a construction zone at milepost 73, and rear-ended a green Toyota truck driven by Matt Huber, 28, of Glenwood Springs.

The Toyota truck then hit a blue Nissan car driven by Terry Olson, 67, of Grand Junction. The Nissan then hit the vehicle stopped in front of it, a silver Ford Ranger driven by Joseph Wanner, 26, of Rifle.

Huber, whose truck was hit first by Stewart’s Ryder truck, was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction for his injuries. Officials at St. Mary’s Hospital did not have information regarding Huber’s condition when contacted Saturday afternoon.

The drivers of the other two vehicles, Olson and Wanner, were transported to Grand River Medical Center in Rifle, where they were treated and released.

Stewart, the driver of the Ryder truck, was uninjured.

Stewart was issued a summons to appear for careless driving causing injuries. No alcohol was involved and occupants in all vehicles were believed to be wearing seat belts.

The Colorado State Patrol issued a statement reminding all motorists that summer season brings “numerous construction zones requiring extra precaution.”

The Colorado State Patrol investigated the crash, assisted by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the Parachute Police and Fire departments, and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518


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