I-70 crash leaves Eagle teen critical
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE ” An Eagle girl is in critical condition after an accident on Interstate 70 Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
Angela Lujan, 15, was ejected from a Ford Explorer when its tire blew out four miles west of Eagle at 12:47 p.m., police said.
Lujan and Ryan Miller, 16, of Eagle, were taken to the hospital where Miller ” also ejected from the vehicle ” was treated and released Sunday, the State Patrol said.
Lujan and Miller were not wearing their seat belts, said Trooper Rian Koch of the Colorado State Patrol.
Mark Cadmus, 18, of Eagle, who was driving, was wearing his seat belt and was not injured, the State Patrol said.
After a tire blew out in the 1996 Explorer, Cadmus lost control of the SUV, which skidded across both lanes and into the guard-rail on the left. The SUV rolled onto its passenger side and stopped in the median.
Koch did not know why the tire blew out, he said.
Neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash, Koch said.
Judy Spasser was driving to Carbondale when she saw Lujan lying 10 feet from the SUV. Several people had stopped to help, she said.
Spasser and her sister helped direct traffic while people ran across the highway to bring the victims blankets and water, she said. Police arrived minutes later, she said.
“It got so crazy,” Spasser said. “I just said, ‘We have got to get out of here.'”
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