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Colorado 4-Car Accident Hits Both Sides of I-70

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police carCar accidents have the potential to snowball rapidly — especially on the highway.  Sunday morning, a sedan driving eastbound on I-70 in Colorado started a frightening domino effect when it collided with a semi. Four vehicles on both sides of the highway were involved in the accident just outside Fruita, Colorado.

Paul Shockley, a reporter for The Daily Sentinel, brings us some details:

After passing the vehicle, the sedan hit the back driver-side rear tire of a semi operated by 51-year-old Steve Easdon of Denver.

Easdon, who said he was headed to Denver, said the sedan hit his rig three times before it rolled into the median and across westbound traffic, coming to a rest on its wheels.

‘Got two of my tires, hit my fuel tank and knocked the cap off,’ said Easdon, who works for Denver-based Cast trucking.

One man inside the sedan was thrown into the median. The driver and another passenger had to be extricated by Lower Valley firefighters, Younger said.

Fruita, Colorado police officer Gary Younger, who provided the above information, also noted that a van in the westbound lane of I-70 swerved to dodge the tumbling sedan after it crossed the median. In the process of avoiding that accident it  collided with a second semi, also westbound. The van’s driver was taken away in an ambulance with reported neck injuries. Officer Younger says that at this point the police have “no idea what caused this other than driving behavior.”

Additionally, a video from NBC 11 News reports that the sedan driver had no license or insurance. He was cited for both of these infractions, as well as careless driving. They also report that he may not have been a US citizen.

Image by CJ Song on Flickr, used under its Creative Commons license

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