2 seriously injured in crash west of Rifle | PostIndependent.com

2 seriously injured in crash west of Rifle

Two people sustained serious injuries after they were ejected from a truck Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 west of Rifle.

The driver of the truck, Dustin Ferguson, 20, of Brandon, Mississippi, was flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, and a juvenile male passenger, also from Brandon, was flown to Denver Health Medical Center, according to a press release from Colorado State Patrol (CSP). Both suffered serious injuries. CSP legally cannot release the name of the passenger because he is a juvenile, said CSP Sgt. Rob Madden.

Ferguson was driving eastbound on I-70 in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado truck when he lost control of the vehicle near mile marker 85 between Rifle and Rulison. The truck rolled and both passengers were ejected from the vehicle. CSP responded to the crash around 6:25 a.m., and cleared the scene without completely closing traffic.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused Ferguson to lose control, but law enforcement does not suspect drugs, alcohol or excessive speed played a role in the crash.

The crash should serve as a reminder to always wear a seat belt, Madden stated.

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