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Asleep driver may have caused crash

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL ” Three people were hospitalized after a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities said.

An Eagle woman, 53, whose name was not available Sunday night, probably fell asleep, leading to a crash that closed one lane of the Interstate for more than an hour, authorities said.

The woman would probably spend the night at Vail Valley Medical Center, said Sgt. Shawn Olmstead of the Colorado State Patrol. Two other people were treated for minor injuries at the hospital, he said.

The woman drove a Subaru Outback from the west lanes, through the median and into the east lanes, where she collided with a Nissan Xterra and a Ford F150 pickup, Olmstead said.

The woman then crashed into the guardrail and stopped on the median just above Highway 6, on which car parts were lying Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Travelers were gathering their belongings from the smashed cars, which were eventually mounted on tow trucks.

Ann Haggard and her family were driving when they saw the Subaru Outback.

“Suddenly, there’s a car coming in the wrong direction,” Haggard said.

Haggard’s husband, James Haggard, broke his arm in the accident, Haggard said.

Firefighters and others directed traffic, towed the three vehicles and cleaned debris from the east lanes, which opened shortly before 4 p.m.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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