Two students from crash in Denver hospital

Two Mesa State College students injured in a one-vehicle rollover Saturday on Interstate 70 spent Easter in a Denver hospital.

Kathryn Ball, of Evergreen, was listed in critical condition at Denver Health Medical Center on Sunday. Berthoud’s Nicholas Ludwig, 19, was listed in serious condition at the same Denver hospital.

Both Ball and Ludwig were ejected from the back seat of the sport utility vehicle they were riding in Saturday, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Neither was wearing a seat belt.

Mesa State student Enrique Gutierrez, 19, was killed in the accident, the State Patrol said in a news release. Gutierrez, of Mancos, was driving the 1991 Toyota 4Runner at the time of the accident.

A blown right rear tire that sent the vehicle out of control on I-70 is suspected as the accident’s cause, the State Patrol said.

Ball and Ludwig initially were taken to Vail Valley Medical Center but later were flown to Denver Health Medical Center.

Grand Junction’s Corrigan Conroy, 20, also was injured in the accident. He was wearing his seat belt and was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center with minor injuries, the State Patrol said.

All four people in the SUV at the time of the accident are enrolled at Mesa State.

The accident happened at 2:55 p.m. Saturday. Gutierrez’s SUV was traveling east when the tire failed. He lost control, rolling his 4Runner 2 1/2 times.

The crash is still under investigation, but the age of the tire may have contributed to its failure, the patrol said.


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