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Three dead, four injured from serious crash in Garfield County

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GARFIELD COUNTY - The Colorado State Patrol reported a single vehicle crash that left three dead and four others injured Friday morning. 

The incident occurred on I-70 near mile marker 89, close to Rifle. According to a media release a SUV was traveling westbound on I-70 where the vehicle hit a bear in the the road.

Investigators say this then caused the SUV to cross the center median and slide through eastbound lanes of traffic and off the south edge of the interstate. CSP also believes all seven passengers of the SUV were ejected from the vehicle, none were believed to have been wearing seat belts or child restraints at the time of the crash.

Two victims were declared dead on scene, 63-year old Eugenio Hernandez Altamirano from Carbondale and 7-year old Kimberly Hernandez from New Castle. Troopers say 15-year old Brizeyda Hernandez from New Castle was transported to a local hospital then flown to Children's Hospital, where it was reported she died shortly after.

According to reports a nine year old boy was also transported to local hospital then flown to Children's Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver was a 36-year old man who was transported to Valley View Hospital with serious injuries.

The other two victims were a 62-year old woman and a 32-year old woman with unknown injuries. The names of the deceased will be released by the Garfield County coroner once family is notified.

The Division of Wildlife says the bear was also killed in the crash.

The case remains under investigation, but investigators do not suspect drugs/alcohol or speed as factors in the accident. 

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