Weekend crash closes I-70 near Gypsym | AspenTimes.com

Weekend crash closes I-70 near Gypsym

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Aspen, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colo. ” A pickup truck rolled over on Interstate 70 near Gypsum Saturday night, injuring two men and closing the westbound lanes of the interstate for almost six hours.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, a 2003 Toyota Tacoma was traveling westbound on I-70 when it went off the left side of the road for several hundred feet at about 10 p.m. Saturday, just east of Gypsum.

The driver, Frances Barela, 50, of Gypsum, then apparently tried to bring the truck back on the road, the parol said. The truck rolled over, ejecting the passenger, Victor Daniel Huerta-Lopez, 25, of Edwards.

The truck then came to a stop in the westbound right lane and shoulder. Huerta-Lopez was found in the left lane, near the truck, the patrol said.

Crews from the Gypsum Fire Protection District, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and the Western Eagle County Ambulance District extricated Barela from the mangled truck.

Both Barela and Huerta-Lopez were transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, according to the patrol.

The wreck closed westbound I-70 for about six hours late Saturday and early Sunday.

The patrol said alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash. The patrol also suspects neither man was wearing a seatbelt.

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