Victims identified in I-70 accident near Parachute |

Victims identified in I-70 accident near Parachute

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Two men died after a head-on accident west of Parachute around 1:15 a.m. Thursday.

A white Toyota MR2 two door was traveling eastbound on the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 when it struck a blue Honda four door that was traveling westbound on the westbound lane of I-70, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The vehicles collided in a head-on manner 7 miles west of Parachute.

The Garfield County Coroner’s Office identified the driver of Toyota as Bruce Edmondson, 71. He lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for a number of years and his last address was in Glenwood Springs, said deputy coroner Kristin Clifford.

The driver of the Honda was identified as Alexander Taft, 28, of Chicago, Ill.

Both vehicles rotated counter clockwise after impact and came to rest

on their wheels on the roadway. The Toyota stopped facing west and the Honda came to rest facing east, the CSP said in a news release.

Both drivers are adult males and both were pronounced dead on the scene by

the Garfield County Coroner’s Office.

The interstate was reopened around 6:30 a.m.

It was unclear whether alcohol, drugs and speed were factors in the accident.

This incident is still under investigation.

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