• July 31, 2019

Semi Driver Charged in Saturday Crash on Vail Pass

Vail, CO — A semi-tractor driver is facing charges in connection with a three-vehicle crash Saturday morning on Vail Pass that left three people in serious condition, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The crash occurred shortly after 10:30 a.m. close to mile marker 182, about 2 miles east of the East Vail exit, on Interstate 70.

International semi driver 48-year-old Keith Thompson of Detroit was arrested on suspicion of five careless driving causing injury charges, CSP said in a news release.

The semi was heading westbound on I-70 when it collided with a 2016 Ford Explorer that was towing a camper, according to CSP. The Ford Explorer and a 2010 Jeep Cherokee were pushed off the highway, with the Ford rolling multiple times.

All five passengers in the Ford were injured and transported first to Vail Health Hospital and then by ambulances and helicopters to Denver hospitals, according to CSP. 

Three of those injured were juveniles — two 7-year-olds and one 9-year-old. Two are in critical condition and the other is in stable condition. The driver of the Ford was a 40-year-old man from Agoura Hills, Calif.

The driver of the semi-tractor as well as the driver of the Jeep Cherokee, a 69-year-old Evans man, did not sustain injuries, the release stated.

Thompson pulled into a runaway truck ramp and stopped at the East Vail exit after the crash, according to CSP. Officials closed westbound I-70 over Vail Pass and reopened it later that afternoon.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the crash and are considering speed and brake failure as possible factors, the release stated.

Source: 9News

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