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Lakewood woman dies after rolling car near Eisenhower Tunnel

Elise Reuter
ereuter@summitdaily.com

A fatal accident closed eastbound Interstate 70 into the early hours of the morning on Monday, Aug. 24. Trooper Nate Reid with the Colorado State Patrol reported that a 25-year-old Lakewood woman died in the single-car crash around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, near mile marker 216. Her name has not yet been released

According to patrol reports, the woman was driving on the highway, just east of the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels, when her 2001 Ford Focus traveled off the right side of the road onto the shoulder.

"She traveled back onto the roadway and was rotating, was skidding around," Reid added.

The woman veered off of the highway again, rolling downhill off the road, where she was ejected from her vehicle. She died at the scene of the accident.

Reid said the Clear Creek County Coroner's Office would look into drugs or alcohol as a potential factor in the investigation.

Shortly after the crash, the Colorado Department of Transportation began rerouting traffic over Loveland Pass, as all of the lanes on I-70 eastbound remained closed. As traffic backed up, CDOT began traffic metering, limiting the number of cars entering the highway.

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Amy Ford, communications director for CDOT, said the road did not reopen until 1:30 a.m., after the on-scene investigation was complete.