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Car accidents cause Colorado DOT to review construction zone

A crash that ended with a semi and a car in flames has become the second fatal accident in only six weeks on a certain stretch of Interstate 70 that is under construction. As a result of these fatal car accidents, the Colorado Department of Transportation is taking a second look at the construction zone. The construction zone in question is a five mile stretch of Interstate 70 on Glenwood Canyon's east end.

The first accident occurred on April 14, and involved a car that crossed the center line and ran head long into a semi. The driver of the car in that accident was intoxicated. All three of the car's occupants were killed, but the semi driver was uninjured. After this accident, the Colorado DOT reviewed the construction zone and did not find it to be unsafe.

The second accident occurred on May 22, and also involved a car that had crossed the center line and ran head-on into a semi. In this accident, the driver of the car was killed, and the three passengers suffered injuries that ranged from serious to critical. All three were taken to an area hospital. Again, the driver of the semi was uninjured. Once the investigation into this accident is complete, the DOT will conduct another review.

Somehow, the two vehicles in these car accidents ended up in oncoming traffic. When roads are under construction, it is the responsibility of the Department of Transportation to ensure that the flow of traffic makes sense. If it should be found that the way the construction zone was patterned negligently contributed to the deaths, the families of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim against the DOT.

Source: postindependent.com, "CDOT to review Interstate 70 work zone after second fatal accident," John Stroud, May 24, 2013

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