Head-on crash kills Rifle man
Glenwood Springs, CO, Colorado
A blown tire on a recreational vehicle is believed to have caused an accident near Parachute Tuesday afternoon that claimed the life of Vance Flynn, 35, of Rifle.
The Colorado State Patrol reported that an RV driven by James Vanacore, 68, of Florida was headed west on Interstate 70, just east of Parachute, when a front tire on the vehicle blew.
Vanacore lost control of the vehicle, which veered off the right side of I-70, crashed through a wildlife fence and onto the eastbound lane of Highway 6, which runs parallel to I-70 in that location.
The RV crashed head-on into an eastbound pickup truck driven by Flynn. The truck spun around 180 degrees and stopped on its wheels.
Flynn, the sole occupant of the pickup, was trapped inside. A squad from the Parachute Fire Department extricated him, and he was flown from the scene to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Flynn died from his injuries shortly after 6:30 p.m., the state patrol reported.
The occupants of the RV suffered minor injuries and were treated on scene.
Highway 6 was closed for more than six hours while the investigation was completed.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Parachute Fire Department, Colorado Department of Transportation, and Blaine Ward Towing responded to the scene to assist the state patrol.
The defective tire is believed to be the contributing factor in the crash, but the accident remains under investigation.
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