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Colorado State Patrol shuts down I-70 after deadly car crash

On a recent Saturday shortly before 4:15 p.m., the Colorado State Patrol received a call regarding a head-on collision on Interstate 70. When they arrived, they found that two people suffered fatal injuries and two people requiring medical attention. One of the victims in this two-car crash was a 9-year-old boy.

The Colorado State Patrol reports that the 44-year-old woman driving the vehicle occupied by that boy was driving westbound. For some unknown reason, she lost control of the vehicle, and it careened across the Interstate into oncoming traffic. The driver of a pickup truck heading east was unable to get out of the way of the wrong-way vehicle, and the vehicles collided head-on.

Even though the woman and young boy were properly restrained, it was not enough to save their lives. Being properly restrained by seatbelts may have contributed to the fact that the two people in the pickup truck survived the accident. The 35-year-old driver and his 39-year-old passenger both suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospitals in the area.

Authorities do not believe that alcohol or speed contributed to the car crash, and that section of the Interstate was closed for several hours while the investigation and accident clean-up took place. It was not reported whether the boy was related to the deceased woman, who is a Taiwanese citizen. The surviving family may benefit from assistance to determine what legal steps may be appropriate following the tragedy. The two occupants of the pickup truck are likely entitled to file personal injury claims against the estate of the deceased woman and any separate owner of the vehicle she operated at the time of the crash. Successfully litigated claims could result in awards of monetary damages, as provided under our state laws.

Source: vaildaily.com, "Eagle car crash leaves two dead, two hospitalized", Randy Wyrick, June 14, 2014

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