Three killed, four hurt in crash on I-70
SUV hits bear, rolls in median
Three members of a New Castle family died Friday after their SUV struck a bear on Interstate 70 near Rifle, rolling across the median and ejecting all seven passengers, according to the Colorado State Patrol and the Garfield County Coroner’s Office.
Kimberly Hernandez, 7, and her grandfather Eugenio Hernandez Altamirano, 63, were pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 4:45 a.m., Coroner Robert Glassmire said in a statement.
Brizeyda Hernandez, 15, was transported to Grand River Hospital in Rifle, where she died at approximately 9:25 a.m.
A 62-year-old woman and 9-year-old boy are currently hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, and a 36-year-old man is hospitalized with serious injuries, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis. The condition of a 32-year-old woman who was in the vehicle was not immediately available.
At approximately 4:30 a.m., a 2007 Chevrolet SUV was traveling westbound on I-70 near mile marker 89 when it struck a bear in the roadway, Lewis said. After the impact, the vehicle went across the center median and began to roll, ending up in the eastbound lanes of traffic.
Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the accident, Lewis said.