Rollover closes I-70 for nearly six hours
The rollover of a pickup on Interstate 70 Saturday night injured two men and closed down the westbound lanes of the highway for almost six hours.
The Colorado State Patrol says a 2003 Toyota Tacoma was traveling westbound on the interstate when it went off the left side of the road for several hundred feet about 10 p.m. Saturday night just east of Gypsum.
The driver, Frances Barela, 50, of Gypsum, then apparently tried to bring the truck back on the road, the CSP said. The truck rolled over, ejecting the passenger, Victor Daniel Huerta-Lopez, 25, of Edwards.
The truck then came to a stop in the westbound right lane and shoulder. Huerta-Lopez was found in the left lane near the truck, according to the CSP.
Crews from the Gypsum Fire Protection District, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and the Western Eagle County Ambulance District extricated Barela from the mangled truck.
Both Barela and Huerta-Lopez were transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, the CSP said.
The wreck closed down traffic along westbound I-70 for about six hours late Saturday and early Sunday.
The CSP said alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash. It is suspected that neither Barela or Huerta-Lopez were wearing a seat belt, the CSP said.
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