JEFFERSON COUNTY – Two people are dead after a multi-vehicle crash on I-70 on Christmas Eve.
According to Colorado State Patrol, the wreck happened Monday night near Genesee in Jefferson County.
Both directions of I-70 were shut down for just over five hours at exit 254 while emergency crews responded, removed victims, and cleared the scene. State Patrol said the first call about the accident came in just before 8:30 p.m.
Westbound I-70 has reopened at Lookout Mountain following a horrific crash.
Please everyone, buckle down, slow down and stay around.
— CSP Golden (@CSP_Golden) December 25, 2018
According to State Patrol, a 62-year-old woman was driving a Chevy Silverado headed eastbound on I-70 when she lost control and crossed into the westbound lanes. She tried to correct and started to roll.
A Suburban traveling in the westbound lanes was struck by the Silverado, according to State Patrol. The 62-year-old woman and the driver of the Suburban, a 38-year-old woman, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The passenger in the Suburban was taken to Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.
State Patrol said they are investigating and believe alcohol and marijuana may have played a factor in the driver of the Silverado losing control of her vehicle.