1 killed, 2 hurt in fiery crash
A Rifle woman was killed and two men were hospitalized early Sunday after their vehicle crashed into a rock wall off Interstate 70 east of De Beque and burst into flames, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that alcohol contributed to the accident, which happened about 2:45 a.m. on eastbound I-70 around mile marker 66, Cpl. Heather Cobler said.
Reports indicated the three were in a Chevrolet Impala that went off the interstate and down the median into a rock wall. Passers-by reportedly pulled all three people out of the car after it burst into flames.
Christina Flager, 19, of Rifle, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 22-year-old Anthony Bracamontes of Rifle, was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital. Another passenger, 26-year-old Enrique Fernandez, was taken by ambulance to the hospital, Cobler said. The State Patrol said it didn’t know his hometown.
Bracamontes was listed in stable condition Sunday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Fernandez was not listed on the hospital’s patient registry, meaning he either was released from the hospital or declined to be listed on the registry.
The eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed for four hours while troopers investigated and cleaned up the accident scene, Cobler said.