Fatigue, medication cited in canyon crash

The Colorado State Patrol said Friday that driver fatigue has been determined as the possible cause of a fatal crash in Glenwood Canyon around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, with impairment by prescribed medication also being considered a factor.

However, the agency said toxicology reports from the Garfield County Coroner’s Office have not yet been completed, and the investigation continues.

The State Patrol said a positive identification still hasn’t been made for the woman killed in the fiery head-on collision.

According to the agency, the woman was driving a Mazda east in a construction zone on Interstate 70 and crossed abruptly into the westbound lane, striking head-on a tractor trailer that had just exited a tunnel. That vehicle was driven by Daniel Robertson, 54, of Las Vegas, Nev., who escaped from the burning truck without injury.

Witnesses were able to help three other occupants from the Mazda but couldn’t reach the driver before the fire became too intense, and she died at the scene. Ronald R. Hart, 53, and Lisa M. Hart, 25, both of Aurora, and Zayden Pecosky, 4, of Westminster, were taken to Vail Valley Medical Center.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has said it will review the incident to determine if any changes should be made in the construction zone, where eastbound traffic is being routed onto what normally is a westbound lane.


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