Victims ID’d in I-70 head-on crash
Aspen, CO Colorado
PARACHUTE, Colo. ” A Glenwood Springs man and a Chicago resident were killed in a head-on collision on Interstate 70, west of Parachute, early Thursday.
Two vehicles ” one of them traveling in the wrong direction on the interstate ” collided at about 1:15 a.m., according to the Colorado State Patrol.
A white Toyota, driven by Bruce Edmondson, 71, of Glenwood, was traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-70 when it collided with a westbound Honda driven by Alexander Taft, 28, of Chicago, Ill. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by the Garfield County Coroner’s Office.
Edmonson lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for a number of years; his last address was in Glenwood Springs, said Deputy Coroner Kristin Clifford.
The crash closed the westbound lanes; they reopened at 6:30 a.m., according to the patrol.
The accident remains under investigation.
Trooper Gilbert Mares said alcohol use on Edmondson’s part may have played a role in the crash, The Associated Press reported.
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