Two accidents in two days occur on area highways |

Two accidents in two days occur on area highways

A single-car crash on Interstate 70 Monday afternoon was followed by a head-on collision on Highway 6 & 24 Tuesday morning, according to Colorado State Patrol. Hogan accident on I-70The first accident occurred at 4:35 p.m. Monday, eastbound on I-70 at milepost 114 in West Glenwood.The driver, Michael Hogan, 49, of Denver was driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty when he was distracted and drifted off the left side of the highway. Hogan overcorrected, losing control of the vehicle. The Jeep rolled one-half times into the median, coming to rest on its top.The left lane of westbound I-70 was closed for about 30 minutes, while the vehicle was removed from the median.Hogan was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured in the accident. Gonzalez-Howe accidenton Highway 6 & 24The second accident occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 6 & 24, at milepost 93, east of Rifle. As of press time, the accident was still under investigation. The Colorado State Patrol reports that a 2003 Ford Mustang driven by Jennifer Lynn Gonzalez, 24, of Rifle crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a 1998 Ford F-700 propane truck, driven by Lowell E. Howe, 66, also from Rifle. There was no release of propane as a result of the collision.Both vehicles were severely damaged in the crash, and emergency personnel had to extricate Gonzalez from the Mustang. Both Gonzalez and Howe were transported by ambulance to Grand River Medical Center in Rifle, where Howe was treated for moderate injuries. Gonzalez was flown to St. Marys Hospital in Grand Junction with serious injuries. No additional information on Gonzalezs condition was available as of Tuesday afternoon. The Rifle Police Department, Garfield County Sheriffs Department, Burning Mountains Fire Department, Rifle Fire Department, Rifle Towing and Blaine Ward Towing assisted the Colorado State Patrol with the incident.Highway 6 & 24 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours Tuesday morning, and traffic was diverted to I-70. Neither Gonzalez nor Howe was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The Colorado State Patrols statement reminded drivers to wear their seatbelts to reduce the chance and/or severity of injury. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext.

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