Two injured in wreck on I-70
SILVERTHORNE – Two people were seriously injured in a two-car accident that closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel for a short period Sunday afternoon.
According to Colorado State Patrol Capt. Ron Prater, Jesse Cole, 19, of Boyd, Texas, stopped on the right shoulder of the westbound lane in hopes of making a U-turn across three lanes of westbound traffic and the center median.
He made the turn and was struck by a vehicle in the left lane of travel, sending both cars into the center median. He and his passenger, Donna Davis, 18, also of Boyd, Texas, were taken via Flight For Life to St. Anthony’s Central in Denver.
Cole is listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit with a lacerated liver and broken pelvis. Davis, who suffered closed head injuries, is listed in fair condition in the intensive care unit. Two infants in child seats in the back seat of the vehicle were uninjured. Cole’s car, a Ford Escort, sustained major damage in the wreck.
Jennifer Aycock, 23, of Breckenridge, was driving the car that struck Cole, Prater said. She was taken to Summit Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.
“It’s so dangerous when people try to use those turnarounds,” Prater said of the center medians that only emergency vehicles are allowed to use. “We’ve had some very serious crashes over the years. Even the people who are authorized to use them are very cautious.”
Two walk from different I-70 accident
FRISCO – Two Blue River men walked away unscathed from an accident on I-70 Monday morning that occurred when a wheel fell off the trailer they were pulling.
According to Prater, Phillip Mann was hauling a trailer and a piece of heavy equipment west on the interstate near Frisco when one of the wheels fell off the trailer. The pickup hauling the equipment spun and rolled, coming to rest on its roof. Mann and his passenger, Cory Kurtz, were uninjured in the wreck. Both were wearing seatbelts.
– Jane Stebbins
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