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June 14, 2014
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Eagle car crash leaves two dead, two hospitalized

EAGLE — A head-on collision on Interstate 70 Saturday near Eagle left two people dead and two hospitalized.

A 44-year-old woman from Taiwan lost control of her 2012 Dodge Avenger in the westbound lane of Interstate 70. She crossed the median and entered the eastbound lane, where she struck a 2001 Chevy pickup truck head-on, said the Colorado State Patrol.

The woman and her passenger, a 9-year-old boy, were both pronounced dead at the scene. They were both wearing seatbelts, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The pickup driver, a 35-year-old Thornton man, and his passenger, a 39-year-old Denver man, were both seriously injured and taken to hospitals by ambulance — the driver to Vail Valley Medical Center in Vail and the passenger to Valley View Hospital. They were also wearing seatbelts, the State Patrol said.

The names have not been released, pending notification of next of kin, the State Patrol said. The driver of the Dodge is a citizen of Taiwan.

The State Patrol is still investigating the cause of the accident, said Trooper Josh Lewis. He said alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors.

The call came in at about 4:12 p.m. Saturday, the State Patrol said. The interstate was closed and traffic was rerouted to Highway 6 for several hours Saturday night.

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The VailDaily Updated Jun 15, 2014 10:49AM Published Jun 16, 2014 03:41PM Copyright 2014 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.