I-70 crash near New Castle leaves 1 dead
NEW CASTLE, Colorado – Two mangled vehicles and several emergency vehicles were all that was left of a fatal accident about 3 miles east of New Castle Saturday morning.
The horrific two-vehicle accident happened around 7:14 a.m.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, the accident was caused when a man driving a 2004 brown Chevrolet Cavalier crossed the Interstate 70 median and slammed head-on into a red Ford F-150 pickup truck in the westbound lanes.
According to a CSP news release, the Cavalier was traveling eastbound when the man drove off the right side of the road, striking the guardrail on the south side of the interstate. The car then went across both lanes into the grassy median where it started rolling and went into the westbound lanes of travel. The Cavalier rolled into the path of the Ford pickup driven by Roberto Molina, 32, of Colorado Springs.
The crash killed the man in the Cavalier, who was ejected during the impact.
He was pronounced deceased at the scene. CSP said the driver killed in the accident was a 33-year-old man from Silt.
Molina and his passenger, Araceli Sandoval, 31, of Colorado Springs, were trapped in the pickup and had to be extricated by medical personnel.
Both were transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
A news release stated that Molina suffered a fractured skull and concussion, while Sandoval suffered multiple fractures of her cervical spine and was airlifted from Valley View Hospital to Denver Health.
Molina and the driver of the Cavalier were not wearing seat belts, while Sandoval was, according to the CSP.
The name of the deceased driver was not released pending notification of next of kin.
According to Trooper Heather Cobler of the CSP, several calls came in a few minutes before the collision from people complaining about a man driving recklessly on eastbound I-70.
The accident happened a few miles west of where the complaints were reported.
Westbound I-70 was closed for about eight hours while troopers investigated and cleared the accident scene. Westbound traffic was diverted onto Highway 6 at the Canyon Creek exit.
– The Denver Post contributed to this report.
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