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‘Heroes’ likely save life in I-70 crash

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

SILT ” Two “heroic citizens” saved a Denver man’s life after his sports-utility vehicle rolled over on Interstate 70 on Sunday morning, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

At 7:16 a.m., Eric Bivens, 27, was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac on I-70 just west of Silt. The vehicle drifted off of the left side of the roadway and into the median. He collided with a delineator post and re-entered the roadway, skidding out of control. He skidded across both lanes and off the right shoulder of the westbound lanes. After leaving the roadway, the Ford rolled 3 3/4 times, partially ejecting Bivens, the patrol said.

“Two heroic citizens were able to push Bivens’ truck back onto its wheels and off of his head, likely saving his life,” according to a state patrol news release.

Bivens was transported to Grand River Medical Center in Rifle, where he is being treated for head injuries. Although his injuries are serious, Bivens was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. This kept him from being totally ejected from the vehicle.

The two citizens who assisted left the scene before anyone got their names, according to the patrol, which would like to recognize the individuals for their actions. They are encouraged to call the Glenwood Springs state patrol office at 945-6198.