Rollover near Eisenhower Tunnel kills pregnant woman |

Rollover near Eisenhower Tunnel kills pregnant woman

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILVERTHORNE ” A rollover Tuesday morning on Interstate 70 killed a pregnant

woman who was ejected from the back seat of an SUV traveling eastbound below

the Eisenhower Tunnel.

According to Colorado State Patrol, the back seat passenger was 7-months

pregnant and may not have been wearing a seat belt.

“There were three people in the vehicle and the back seat female passenger

was partially ejected,” said Capt. Ron Prater with the Colorado State

Patrol. “The vehicle went approximately 300 feet off the road and rolled as

many as six times.”

According to Capt. Prater, the Nissan Pathfinder that rolled off the roadway

was registered in Frisco, but the names of the passengers are not being

released at this time. Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue crews were the first to

arrive on the scene and had to use ropes and pulleys to repel down the

embankment in order to extract passengers from the wreck.

“Responders repelled down and stabilized the car so they could extract the

people inside,” said Brandon Williams with Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue. “It was

an incredible team effort and crews were able to lift the passengers up by

hand and get them into the ambulance that was waiting on scene.”

According to Williams, the steep angle of the embankment made the scene

incredibly difficult to navigate. Poor visibility also complicated the

rescue efforts, he said.

State Patrol is now following up with witnesses who saw the crash but

suspect the cause was directly related to traveling too fast for the road


“It’s important to send out the safety message that driving in the mountains

of Colorado is very serious,” said Prater. “Conditions can change from wet

to icy in just a matter of miles, and people need to slow down and be aware

of the ever-changing conditions.”

Forecasts call for continued precipitation through Thursday.

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