Silt man dies in I-70 crash
July 4, 2010
NEW CASTLE, Colo. – A Silt man was killed Saturday morning in a head-on crash on Interstate 70 near New Castle.
The crash occurred at about 7:14 a.m., between New Castle and Glenwood Springs.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, the accident was caused when a man driving a Chevrolet Cavalier crossed the interstate median and slammed head-on into a Ford F-150 pickup truck in the westbound lanes.
According to a patrol press release, the Cavalier was traveling eastbound when the man drove off the right side of the road, striking the guardrail on the south side of the interstate. The car then went across both lanes into the grassy median where it started rolling and went into the westbound lanes. The Cavalier rolled into the path of the pickup, driven by Roberto Molina, 32, of Colorado Springs.
The crash killed the man in the Cavalier, who was ejected from his vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The patrol said the man was a 33-year-old man from Silt, but his name was not released.
Molina and his passenger, Araceli Sandoval, 31, of Colorado Springs, were trapped in the pickup and had to be extricated by medical personnel.
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Both were transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
The press release said Molina suffered a fractured skull and concussion, while Sandoval suffered multiple fractures of her cervical spine and was airlifted from Valley View Hospital to Denver Health.
Molina and the driver of the Cavalier were not wearing seat belts, while Sandoval was, according to the state patrol.
According to Trooper Heather Cobler, several calls came in a few minutes before the collision from people complaining about a man driving recklessly on eastbound I-70.
Westbound I-70 was closed for about eight hours while troopers investigated and cleared the accident scene. Westbound traffic was diverted onto Highway 6 at the Canyon Creek exit.