2 die in interstate collision

The Colorado State Patrol investigates the scene of a double fatality Sunday near the Utah line on Interstate 70. Two people died, and a 16-year-old male was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital with serious injuries. The State Patrol said a semi traveling east hit the back of a trailer being pulled by a 1997 Ford Expedition. The accident happened at 5:16 a.m.

A man and a woman died Sunday morning after a semitrailer rear-ended the sport utility vehicle in which they were traveling on Interstate 70 near the Utah line.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, a 2011 International semitrailer was traveling east in the right lane of Interstate 70 behind a 1997 Ford Expedition at 5:16 a.m. Sunday near mile marker 2 when the truck hit a trailer being towed by the Ford Expedition, causing both vehicles to travel off the right side of the interstate.

The Expedition sport utility vehicle rolled three times before landing on its wheels, facing north.

Two passengers in the Expedition,  16-year-old Cesar Fabian Leyva Valdez and 49-year-old Maria Aurora Valdez Castro, were thrown from the vehicle.

The teenager was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital with serious injuries, and Valdez Castro died at the scene.

The male driver of the Expedition,  50-year-old Jesus Heriberto Leyva Quintero, died at the scene as well.

The truck driver, Philip D. Guenaga of Victorville, Calif., was not injured during the crash.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the crash, which remains under investigation.


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