We’ve all seen it in the movies: a car suddenly out of control and rolling over itself. It’s one of the classic Hollywood scenes. Unfortunately, car accidents like that are not just in the movies, as this June 11th accident in Colorado Springs clearly demonstrates.

Maria St.Louis-Sanchez, reportert for The Colorado Springs Gazette, describes the crash:

According to Colorado Springs Police, Michael McElroy was thrown from a vehicle when it rolled on Interstate 25 near the Fontanero exit about 4 a.m. He was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition according to police.

The vehicle was driven by Rikky Miller, 19, who had minor injuries from the crash. Neither McElroy or Miller were wearing seatbelts, according to police.

St.Louis-Sanchez also mentions that Miller has now been charged with vehicular assault due to the injuries McElroy sustained in the car accident.

Strangely enough, this incident involved only one vehicle. KKTV quotes local police:

Police are saying this was a one car accident. ‘Apparently they just lost control,’ said Sgt. Spanswick of the Colorado Springs Police Department. ‘They came up on other vehicles at a high rate of speed. They tried to maneuver around them and just lost control and rolled the vehicle.’

In this KKTV video, a police officer mentions the possibility drugs and alcohol were involved, as well as speed.

No matter what happens to the driver and others involved, one thing is certain: this was an ugly accident. Fox 21 is posting regular updates on the situation, including pictures of the driver and the vehicle in a slideshow at the top of the page.

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