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Four dead in minivan crash

The Associated Press

IDAHO SPRINGS ” Four people were killed and 10 were taken to a hospital after a minivan crashed on Interstate 70 about 20 miles west of Denver on Tuesday, the Colorado State Patrol said.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver fled on foot and but was taken into custody after a search that involved police dogs, Master Trooper Ron Watkins said.

Carl Rusnock, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman based in Dallas, said the van is suspected of being involved in immigrant smuggling.

Three men and one woman were pronounced dead at the scene.

Watkins said the van “fits the pattern” of illegal immigrant smuggling because of the large number of people it was carrying. He said he had no information on the citizenship of any of the occupants.

Nine adults and one minor were being evaluated at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, spokeswoman Bev Lilly said. No information was immediately available on the nature of the injuries.

Watkins said the 1998 Dodge minivan went out of control on a curve, struck a tree and rolled, ejecting most of the people inside. He said snow had fallen in the area at the time but roads were in good condition.

“It’s not like it’s treacherous driving,” he said.

Eastbound I-70 was closed at Idaho Springs during the investigation.

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado CO


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