Three-vehicle accident causes backup on I-70 |

Three-vehicle accident causes backup on I-70

NEW CASTLE ” A three-vehicle crashed closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near New Castle for more than an hour Friday morning.

The accident occurred at approximately 7:10 a.m. near milepost 108. Traffic was diverted to Highway 6 at New Castle or around the crash scene through the 108 rest area.

The accident occurred when Ramiro Vargas-Majalca, 33, of Thornton, lost control of his 2006 Nissan Armada while traveling westbound on I-70. The vehicle hydroplaned and skidded across the center grass median and into the left eastbound lane where it was struck by a pickup truck driven by Daniel Diaz, 51, of Rifle. Vargas-Majalca was then struck by a van driven by Juan Garcia-Perez, 40, of Eagle.

All drivers and occupants were reportedly wearing seat belts and there were no major injuries in the crash. The Colorado State Patrol determined the primary contributing factor in the crash was that the Nissan was traveling at an excessive speed for the weather and roadway conditions.

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