Driver charged in I-70 rollover |

Driver charged in I-70 rollover

Ryan Hoffman
The driver of a white pickup truck sustained serious injuries Monday when the vehicle rolled into the median on Interstate 70 east of the west Rifle exit.
Ryan Hoffman / Citizen Telegram |

A 19-year-old driver who rolled his pickup truck on Interstate 70 Monday just east of the west Rifle exit is facing charges.

Those charges include careless driving, open container of alcohol and minor in possession, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The driver, a male out of Arvada, was driving his 2001 Chevy S10 white pickup truck, eastbound on I-70 Monday afternoon when he abruptly veered to the left.

The truck went over a small bush, according to state patrol, causing the vehicle to role twice before coming to a rest on its wheels in the median between the eastbound and westbound lanes.

Both lanes of traffic were briefly closed to allow for a helicopter to land on the highway and fly the driver to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

While the driver was initially said to have sustained serious injuries, information provided Tuesday by Colorado State Patrol said he sustained moderate injuries.

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