I-70 rollover near Horizon Drive injures 3

Bookcliff Golf Course players play through after a Bravado SUV driven by a underage drinker crashed on I-70 onto the course . The 18-year-old driver admitted to drinking to officers at the scene. One of his passengers was ejected. The other was able to get out of the wreck by himself. The driver had to be extricated from the SUV. All were taken to a hospital.



By MIKE WIGGINS
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Three young people who had reportedly been recreating on the Colorado River were hurt Tuesday evening when their sport utility vehicle rolled off eastbound Interstate 70 near Horizon Drive. 

One person was thrown from the vehicle. All three were taken to the hospital, authorities said.

The accident happened around 7:30 p.m. when an Oldsmobile Bravada driven by 18-year-old Christopher Greff swerved into the median just west of the Horizon Drive exit. Greff overcorrected the vehicle, and it rolled off the right side of the road, Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said.

Police did not relase Greff’s address.

A Colorado State Patrol trooper said the driver, who had to be cut out of the green SUV, admitted he had been drinking. Porras confirmed that investigators are looking at the possibility that alcohol was involved.

A rear passenger was ejected and was reportedly initially to be unconscious and not breathing.

A witness performed CPR on the passenger and revived his breathing, initial dispatch reports indicated.

Porras said the rear passenger suffered broken bones, but his injuries didn’t appear life-threatening. Greff and the front passenger suffered minor injuries.

Police did not release the identities of the passengers.

The SUV rolled through a fence and uprooted a tree before stopping near a golf cart path at Bookcliff Country Club. The SUV landed on the driver’s side on top of the tree.

Less than an hour after the accident, two young men who appeared distraught arrived at the scene and questioned police about the identities of the people involved in the accident. One of them indicated they had all played football together.

One lane of eastbound I-70 was closed for several hours while officers investigated the crash.

Photographer Dean Humphrey contributed to this report.


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