Jeep crash, search for mystery woman snarl I-70 |

Jeep crash, search for mystery woman snarl I-70

Bill Scanlon
Rocky Mountain News

A mystery woman who apparently didn’t exist slowed cleanup of an accident on I-70 near Genessee this morning.

Two men in the vehicle have serious injuries.

A black 2004 Jeep Cherokee was eastbound on I-70 about 3:05 this morning when it went off the left side of the road as it approached a right-hand curve on a downgrade, Trooper Gilbert Mares said.

The Jeep went into the center median and rolled one time, ejecting the driver and the passenger, Mares said.

Before the driver and passenger were airlifted to St. Anthony Central Hospital, one of them commented that a woman was in the back of the Jeep, Mares said.

Troopers and Jefferson County sheriff deputies used trained dogs and infrared devices, but couldn’t find a third person, Mares said. Neither did they find any belongings in the Jeep that would indicate that a woman had been inside, he said.

Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor to the accident. Investigators also will be trying to determine if excessive speed or drugs played a role.

Cleanup moved quickly after it was ascertained that there wasn’t a third person in the car, and all lanes of the highway reopened by about 7:30.

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