Teens critically hurt in I-70 crash


Two teenagers were critically injured and flown by helicopter Thursday afternoon to
St. Mary’s Hospital after a truck they were riding in rolled on Interstate 70 near De Beque.

The accident happened about 12:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-70 near mile marker 61, about one mile from the De Beque exit.

Initial reports indicated the truck, a dark-colored Toyota, may have blown a tire.

A witness who identified himself as Ben, but would not provide his last name, said he was working on a fence in the area when he heard a pop and saw a cloud of dust.

“The car was rolling, and that was it,” Ben said.

The truck appeared to have rolled off the interstate into a drainage culvert.
De Beque Fire Protection District Chief Nick Marx said the teens, identified as an 18-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman, were flown by helicopter to the hospital because they were in critical condition. Initial reports indicated they suffered head injuries and broken bones.

Two other people in the truck, a 23-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman, were taken to the hospital by ground ambulance, according to reports. The man reportedly suffered lacerations, and the woman complained of neck pain. Both were wearing their seat belts.

Both westbound lanes of I-70 were closed for a period of time. One lane was reopened as of 1:30 p.m.


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