Two remain hospitalized from Eagle accident |

Two remain hospitalized from Eagle accident

Staff Report

Two people remained hospitalized Wednesday after a truck accident that closed westbound Interstate 70 near Eagle Tuesday.

The Colorado State Patrol said inattentive driving was to blame for the accident, in which a 1999 Peterbilt Tractor pulling a fuel tanker west on I-70 crashed two miles west of Eagle.

The vehicle went off the right side of the road and rolled three-quarters times, coming to a stop in a ditch.

The passenger in the truck, Cindy Grenemyer, 51, of Henderson was ejected from the vehicle and came to rest near the front of it.

She was initially taken to Vail Valley Medical Center, but then was flown to Denver General Hospital, where she was in serious condition Wednesday in the intensive care unit.

The driver, Tommy Malone Jr., 52, of Henderson, was moderately injured and was at Vail Valley Medical Center Wednesday.

He was wearing a seat belt when the accident happened. Grenemyer was not.

He was issued a summons for careless driving causing serious bodily injury.

Speed and alcohol are not suspected as contributing factors in the crash.

The truck was pulling a tanker with 7,500 gallons of fuel. A small amount was spilled. It was contained and cleaned up by the Eagle Fire Protection District and State Patrol Hazardous Materials Unit.

I-70 westbound was closed for almost three hours, when one lane was reopened. It was totally opened at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. During the closure, westbound traffic was rerouted onto Highway 6 between Eagle and Gypsum.

An investigation into the crash continues.

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