Man dies after I-70 crash near Copper, Leadville exit |

Man dies after I-70 crash near Copper, Leadville exit

Robert Allen
Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado – A 62-year-old man from Colorado Springs died late Friday night after his 2003 Volvo sedan struck a tow truck near the Copper Mountain and Leadville exit on west-bound Interstate 70.

Steve Krell died “from blood loss because of a fractured pelvis and ribs ” at 10:50 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Central hospital in Denver, according to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.

Trooper Gilbert Mares, spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol, said the unidentified tow-truck driver was retrieving an abandoned vehicle when the Volvo went off the road. The call regarding the accident was received at 3:10 p.m.

“(Krell) lost control on the ice” and left the lane before striking the tow truck, Mares said.

He said he was “not told of any passengers” and it’s unknown whether drugs or alcohol were involved. The speed of the Volvo ” and whether Krell was wearing a seatbelt ” is also unknown.

Krell was flown to Denver from St. Anthony’s Summit in Frisco, after he was taken by ambulance from the scene of the accident.

The unidentified tow-truck driver’s leg was broken, and the person has since been released from St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center in Frisco.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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