Two dead, infant critical in Monday’s wreck in Grand Junction
Grand Junction Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Two women were confirmed dead and an infant boy remained hospitalized Tuesday from the previous day’s head-on wreck on Interstate 70.
Jenny Trover, 26, of Fruita, was identified by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office as the driver of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which was struck Monday afternoon by a Dodge Caravan driving the wrong way in eastbound traffic on I-70.
Coroner’s Investigator Steve Stogsdill said Trover died of multiple injuries.
A 5-month-old boy who was riding in the back seat of Trover’s Monte Carlo remained Tuesday at St. Mary’s Hospital’s intensive care unit, where he was being treated for a head injury.
Grand Junction police officer T.J. Rix on Tuesday said the driver of the Dodge Caravan died from injuries suffered in the crash around 5:30 p.m. Monday at St. Mary’s.
Stogsdill said the woman’s identity won’t be released until family is notified and a toxicology test is complete.
Rix said the woman is not a Grand Junction resident. Stogsdill said the woman’s smashed Caravan was identified by a California license plate.
Police have said the Caravan traveled through roundabouts at the 24 Road exit and ended up driving the wrong way onto I-70 via the eastbound exit ramp.
Two sets of signs posted at the top of the exit ramp warn drivers attempting to travel west that they’re going the wrong way.
Grand Junction spokeswoman Sam Rainguet said the city has records for five traffic accidents at the 24 Road roundabouts since they opened in August 2006.
Of those five accidents, three involved cars which collided after merging into traffic in front of one another, Rainguet said.
The other two were single-car accidents, including one vehicle that tipped over while negotiating a roundabout too fast.
There was one minor injury.
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