I-70 crash leaves two dead | AspenTimes.com

I-70 crash leaves two dead

Two people died Sunday in a single-car crash on Interstate 70, just east of the Rulison exit, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The names of the victims were being withheld yesterday, pending notification of relatives.

The Ford Aerostar van was westbound on I-70 when it ran off the right side of the roadway at about 11:55 a.m., according to the patrol. The driver of the van, a 28-year-old man, then attempted to bring the vehicle back onto the roadway and overcorrected. The van rolled four times down an embankment, ejecting all four occupants, according to the patrol.

A 20-year-old woman riding in the rear of the van was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, where he later died of massive internal and head injuries, the patrol said.

The other two occupants in the vehicle, a 20-year-old woman and a 2-year-old toddler, were being treated for injuries at St. Mary’s.

Authorities believe all four are from Georgia.

None of the occupants of the van was wearing a seat belt and the toddler was sitting on the lap of one of the adults when the crash occurred, according to the patrol.

The patrol is blaming the crash on inattentive driving – the driver either fell asleep, passed out or was not paying attention. The accident closed one westbound lane of I-70 for about 90 minutes.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, Parachute Police and Rifle Fire Department also responded to the scene.

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