Two killed in Saturday accident on U.S. 6
A Glenwood Springs man and his female passenger were both killed in a crash early Saturday morning on U.S. 6 between Canyon Creek and New Castle, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
According to a news release issued Monday afternoon, Erick Mondragon, 20, of Glenwood Springs was eastbound in a 1995 Toyota pickup truck around 3:45 a.m. when he lost control on a left curve, skidded off the highway and rolled his truck before striking a steel fence.
Both Mondragon and his passenger, Amalia Cabrera-Torres, 19, of Glenwood Springs, were pronounced dead at the scene. Mondragon was not wearing his seat belt, but Cabrera-Torres was, the State Patrol said.
Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire reported that Mondragon’s toxicology showed a blood alcohol level of 0.236 percent as well as the presence of cocaine, methamphetamine and THC. Cabrera’s toxicology showed a blood alcohol level of 0.099 percent and the presence of THC.
Highway 6 was closed for about four hours between Canyon Creek and New Castle from 6:44-10:54 a.m. while the State Patrol investigated the accident.
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Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon may be closed intermittently Wednesday through the weekend, as highway crews break down and remove boulders and patch potholes caused by Tuesday’s rock slide.