I-70 crash kills three, injures seven | PostIndependent.com

I-70 crash kills three, injures seven

Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyParamedics load a person into an ambulance after a semi-truck and a van collided on Interstate 70 near Eagle. Three people were killed.

EAGLE ” Three people died and seven were injured in a crash on I-70 near the Eagle exit.

The accident, which involved a passenger van and a semi-truck, snarled traffic near Eagle for several hours.

There were as many as eight to 10 passengers in the van, and the passengers may have been undocumented immigrants, the State Patrol said.

The Vail Valley Medical Center treated seven people who were injured in the crash. Two are being sent down to Denver for treatment. The remaining five are in stable condition, said Jonathan Hoehn, spokesman for the Vail hospital.

Authorities have not released the identities of those involved in the accident.

Investigators are still trying to determine what happened in the accident, which prompted authorities to close both of I-70’s eastbound lanes and one westbound lane for several hours. State Patrol re-opened one of the eastbound lanes.

Several travelers were stuck on I-70 and in Eagle following the accident.

“We’ve been here almost an hour and a half, and nothing’s moving,” said Christine Thurston, who left City Market just after noon and rode out the traffic jam at Zach’s Deli across the street.

“There’s a truck that was about three cars behind us when we pulled in here, and it’s moved about three car lengths in an hour and a half.”

Pete Larkin was heading east on I-70 when traffic began to back up. He said traffic was backed up for at least two miles.

Heidi Wicks of Boulder said she waited for 45 minutes until she reached the Eagle exit.

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