Fatal I-70 accident being investigated | PostIndependent.com

Fatal I-70 accident being investigated

CANYON CREEK – The Colorado State Patrol is investigating an accident that killed a Glenwood Springs man Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 70, snarling traffic for hours.The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70, about a mile west of the Canyon Creek exit. Glenwood resident Roger Ruiz’s Nissan Maxima stopped in the middle of the right eastbound lane, causing a semi-truck to rear-end Ruiz’s car and force it into the guardrail, crushing the car. The truck plowed through the guardrail and came to a rest with the cab dangling precariously over the Colorado River. Ruiz, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver, Ruben Aguirre, 45, of Texas, was not injured. It was unknown Thursday what caused Ruiz’s vehicle to stop in the middle of the road or if police cited Aguirre. State Patrol Captain Rich Duran said Thursday Aguirre has not yet been cited and didn’t know if he would be. Las Vegas resident Christine Smith, Ruiz’s ex-wife and mother of his 13 year-old son Felix, said Thursday, “I just want the truck driver to know it’s OK. I’m sure he must be devastated. We don’t blame him.”Ruiz was a Glenwood resident at the time of his death, where he lived with his current wife, Claudia Ruiz.After the collision, the semitrailer rotated sideways, blocking all eastbound traffic. The state patrol closed the highway, diverting traffic onto U.S. Highway 6 in New Castle. Multiple agencies responded to the crash, including the Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, Glenwood Springs Police, New Castle Police and the Glenwood Springs Fire Department.

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