4 injured in 4-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 near Fruita

Four people were hospitalized this morning after the driver of an eastbound sedan lost control on Interstate 70 near Fruita, causing a 4-vehicle accident that closed westbound traffic lanes nearly two hours.

Fruita police officer Gary Younger said the accident happened around milepost 20 between 9 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., when the driver of an eastbound maroon sedan lost control, after passing another vehicle on the right. After making the pass, the sedan hit the back, driver-side rear tire of a semi-tractor trailer operated by 51-year-old Steve Easdon of Denver.

Easdon, hauling an empty trailer bound for Denver, said the sedan collided with his rig three times, before rolling into the median and across westbound traffic and coming to a rest on its wheels.

“Got two of my tires, hit my fuel tank and knocked the cap off,” Easdon said.

One man inside the sedan was ejected into the median, while the driver and another passenger had to be extricated by Lower Valley firefighters, Younger said.

Younger said a westbound van swerved to avoid the tumbling sedan, causing the driver to crash. The driver, a South Carolina man, was transported by ambulance with neck injuries.

The accident closed westbound traffic for roughly an hour and a half. Conditions of the four people injured were not immediately known.

“At this point, we have no idea what caused this other than driving behavior,” Younger said.


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