Ski shuttle driver on desk job after crash

Summit Daily News Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado
State Trooper Ryan Boone marks the wheels of a Colorado Mountain Express van that collided with a CDOT plow Sunday morning on Interstate 70 east of the Eisenhower Tunnel. (Eric Drummond)

FRISCO ” The State Patrol was ” seriously considering” recommending felony charges against a ski shuttle driv­er who struck a parked snowplow on Interstate 70, injuring nine people, State Patrol Capt. Ron Prater said Monday.

A decision could come by the end of the week, Prater said. Prosecutors would have the final say on any charges.

Colorado Mountain Express shuttle driver Sebastian Lopez, 28, has been moved to an administrative off- road position, company CEO Jay Ufer said.

The crash Sunday morning near the Eisenhower Tunnel injured the plow driver and eight passengers of the ski shuttle, but Lopez was not hurt, troopers said.

Three remained hospitalized Monday at a Denver hospital.

The ski shuttle was on its way from Vail to Denver International Airport around 8 a.m. Sunday. The plow was parked in the highway to divert traffic so crews could clean up an earlier acci­dent.

Electronic message boards warned drivers of the accident, while police officers and Colorado Department of Transportation workers on scene direct­ed traffic off I-70, CDOT spokeswoman Mindy Crane said.

Lopez apparently missed the detour and struck the plow at about 60 mph, troopers said.

The State Patrol was investigating whether weather and visibility were fac­tors.


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