2 Garfield County men killed in I-70 rollover
Two Garfield County men were killed Thursday night when the car they were riding in rolled over in De Beque Canyon, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office on Friday evening identified the victims as 31-year-old Dustin Worley of Silt and 25-year-old Bruce Strand of Rifle.
Coroner’s officials said the men died from multiple blunt force injuries and ruled their deaths an accident.
The rollover of their black 1996 Honda Civic was reported just after 9:30 p.m. on Interstate 70 near mile marker 57.
“At this point we don’t know who was driving. One was partially ejected, and one of them was fully ejected. Both of them were declared dead on scene,” State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said.
Lewis said it’s likely neither man was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, due to their ejections from the vehicle.
A coroner’s investigation will reveal whether drugs or alcohol were contributing factors in the crash, Lewis said.
At least three other vehicles were damaged in trying to avoid the overturned Honda and other debris, though none of those vehicles’ occupants suffered any major injuries.
The interstate was partially shut down for a number of hours Thursday night and into Friday morning. The westbound lanes reopened at 12:45 a.m., and the eastbound lanes where the rollover occurred reopened at 3:30 a.m., Lewis said.