I-70 rollover near Parachute sends man to hospital | PostIndependent.com

I-70 rollover near Parachute sends man to hospital

Staff ReportPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A Grand Junction man was air-lifted to St. Mary’s Hospital after being injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 70 west of Parachute Tuesday afternoon.According to the Colorado State Patrol, at 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dale Velinski, 58, was traveling eastbound on I-70 about eight miles west of Parachute in a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 when he drove off the right side of the road.The truck continued down a slight embankment and went airborne twice and struck the ground, causing the deployment of both front airbags, according to State Patrol reports. The vehicle eventually came to a stop on its wheels facing south.Velinski was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction via Care Flight with moderate to serious injuries. Eastbound I-70 was closed for a short period of time to allow the helicopter to land and then allow the emergency medical personnel to load passengers.The cause of the crash was still under investigation by the State Patrol late Tuesday afternoon. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Parachute Police Department, Grand Valley Fire and EMS, St. Mary’s Care Flight, and P & K Auto Body assisted at the scene.

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