Head-on crash kills one near Eagle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:       Date: 09/29/2013    Time: 0630

Man dead in I-70 head-on crash near Eagle

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. – A head-on crash on Interstate 70 has left one man dead and another seriously injured. 

At about 3:15 a.m., a 1998 Dodge van was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-70 near milepost 150 when it struck a tractor-trailer combination vehicle traveling westbound. The driver of the van – a 44-year-old Rifle man – was pronounced dead on scene.

The driver of the semi–a 50-year-old Illinois man–was transported to Vail Valley Medical Center with serious injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Their names are being held pending notification of their families.

Alcohol is being considered as a potential cause in the crash, although the investigation is still on-going. The weather was clear and the roads were dry at the time of the crash.

Interstate 70 westbound remains closed at the crash location. Traffic is being diverted onto Highway 6 at Wolcott, and there is no timetable for its reopening.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, the Eagle River Fire Department and the Eagle County Ambulance District responded to the scene with the Colorado State Patrol.  Big Steve’s Towing recovered the vehicles.