Fatal crash horrifying, witness says
EAGLE-VAIL A woman was killed and another was seriously injured in a head-on collision on Interstate 70 near Dowd Junction.The accident, which occurred abbout 6 p.m. Monday, led authorities to close both westbound lanes of I-70 and one eastbound lane for almost three hours.Witnesses said a red Ford Ranger pickup truck, which the State Patrol said was driven by Ofelia Medrano, 25, of Eagle, was traveling east when it went off the left side of the interstate, became airborne and struck a black Toyota Camry driven by Rebecca Yarberry, 27, of Vail, that was going west in the left lane, said Sgt. Shawn Olmstead with the Colorado State Patrol.Authorities were investigating the cause of the accident, he said.Yarberry was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Medrano was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center, Olmstead said.Westbound traffic was diverted down the I-70 onramp and offramp near Minturn and routed down U.S. Highway 6.Scott Willms was driving west behind the Camry, he said. The pickup truck came from the eastbound lane, crossed the median, jumped from a ditch and then landed on top of the car, he said.I slammed on my brakes, he said.Coleman Wise, of Eagle, said he was driving home from work when he saw smoke and two wrecked cars.Wise pulled over, and he and some other people ran to the cars to see whether they could help, he said. He saw little girls shoes in the car and Yarberry dead in the car.My first thought was there was a little kid in there, said Wise, adding that they didnt find anyone else besides the two women.In the pickup, Medrano was conscious, he said.She was saying, Just get me out of here, Wise said.At the crash, more than a dozen firefighters, police and paramedics were working. They blocked the view of Yarberry in the car with pink sheets and covered the other car with a blue tarp as stranded drivers somberly watched.Its horrifying because its something you do every day just driving home from work, Wise said.Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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