Two men die in I-70 crash |

Two men die in I-70 crash

WOLCOTT, Colo. ” Two men were killed in the early morning hours of July 4 in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 near Wolcott.

The identities of the driver and his passenger were still being withheld Thursday morning, pending notification of next of kin, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The crash occurred at about 1:40 a.m. on east-bound I-70, about a half-mile east of the Wolcott interchange. The Toyota 4Runner went off the roadway and into the center median, traveling about 194 feet before crossing back onto the east-bound lanes of the interstate and traveling another 195 feet to the right shoulder. The vehicle then flipped for about 275 feet, came to rest on its wheels and started on fire, according to the patrol.

Both occupants remained inside the vehicle and died at the scene.

Fire crews quickly extinguished the blaze, according to the patrol, which is investigating the accident.

Speed is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash; the patrol does not yet know if the use of drugs or alcohol played a role.

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