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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Eastbound Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon remains closed Monday night due to a serious-injury wreck on the east side of the canyon near Dotsero.