I-70 accident puts semi, SUV in Tenmile Creek | SummitDaily.com

I-70 accident puts semi, SUV in Tenmile Creek

Reid Williams

TENMILE CANYON – A Wednesday afternoon accident on Interstate 70 sent a woman and her two children to Summit Medical Center after a frightening tumble into Tenmile Creek.

The woman, as yet unidentified by police, and her children were traveling eastbound on I-70 shortly after 2 p.m.when a City Market semi truck hit their SUV. According to witnesses and police, the semi was traveling at a high rate of speed in the right lane; the driver attempted to move into the left lane, where the semi clipped the SUV. Both drivers lost control and went into the creek. The SUV rolled at least once, flinging videotapes, a stroller and other items from inside the car across the grassy creek banks.

“The car was smoking bad from the bottom when I ran up,” said Pamela Mansfield, a Leadville truck driver who was hauling a load of lumber when she saw the accident. “The woman was standing there screaming like hell. I asked her if she could feel her legs, grabbed her around the waist and we were gone. I thought the car was going to go up (in flames) any minute.”

Mansfield said it took the help of about seven passersby to get the SUV righted and free the 3-and-a-half-year-old and infant trapped inside. Summit County Ambulance paramedics took the woman and her children to Summit Medical Center. A hospital spokeswoman said the family was being evaluated but did not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue crews set up hazardous materials skimmers around the SUV, which was leaking fuel into the creek. A Summit County Haz-Mat team was sent to the scene to clean up any spills.

The Colorado State Patrol gathered witness statements at the scene, but would not identify the individuals involved in the accident. A trooper said more information would be available today, once the accident scene has been studied.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.

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