Wicked crash west of Glenwood Springs involves 4 vehicles
CANYON CREEK ” Wreckage littered parts of both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 70 early Thursday morning after a four-vehicle accident.
The accident seriously injured one person and caused minor injuries for several other people, according to the Colorado State Patrol. One driver involved in the accident fled the scene on foot.
The accident snarled the morning commute, slowing travel to a crawl or halting it completely at times. The crash made many workers more than an hour late for work.
The CSP responded to the crash just west of the Canyon Creek exit about 6:15 a.m. on a sharp curve of the interstate. The wreck, for a time, closed westbound lanes of I-70 and blocked the left lane of eastbound I-70. Westbound traffic was diverted onto Highway 6 for a time.
According to the CSP, the four-vehicle wreck started as a 2007 GMC Sierra was traveling westbound in the passing lane of the interstate when the driver, Gerald Reese of Parachute, lost control of the vehicle and it crossed into the center median. The vehicle then collided head-on with an eastbound 1995 Saturn, which was driven
by David Tapia DeLucio of New Castle.
A passenger in the Saturn, whose name was not released late Thursday, was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with serious injuries, the CSP said.
Due to hospital confidentiality laws, the conditions of the victims were not available.
The GMC Sierra then bounced off the Saturn and collided with a Chevrolet Silverado, which was driven by Stephen Huck of New Castle. The Sierra came to a stop and partially blocked the eastbound lanes, the CSP said.
The Saturn then rotated into the eastbound right line and struck a 1996 Ford Windstar and came to a stop in the median. The driver of the Windstar, which slid out of control and came to a rest in the left lane of eastbound I-70, fled from the scene on foot, according to the CSP.
The crash is currently under investigation by the CSP.
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