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Man still critical after shuttle crash

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

GEORGETOWN ” A Nashville man remains in critical condition due to injuries suffered in a Colorado Mountain Express shuttle crash on Interstate 70 last week.

James Griggs, 36, remains in critical condition in St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, said spokeswoman Jenny Bertrand.

The condition of another passenger ” Sherstin Truitt, 30, of Chapel Hill, N.C., ” has improved from critical to good, Bertrand said.



Sebastian Lopez, the 28-year-old driver for the Edwards-based shuttle company, told police he was driving 60 m.p.h. when he crashed into the snowplow that was blocking a closed stretch of the freeway near Georgetown, said Trooper Gilbert Mares of the Colorado State Patrol.

The shuttle was headed from Vail to Denver International Airport.



Charges won’t be filed in the crash until accident investigators discuss them with District Attorney Hurlbert’s office, which has jurisdiction in Georgetown, Mares said.

The investigation could take a month, Mares said.

“These reconstructions take time,” he said.



Possible charges include vehicular assault and reckless driving, said a March 29 press release from the State Patrol.

When the crash occurred, the highway had been closed while crews cleaned up an accident and the snowplow was parked in the area to make sure traffic diverted off the highway.

Electronic message boards warned drivers of the accident, while police officers and Colorado Department of Transportation workers on scene directed traffic off I-70, Mares said.

Ten were injured in the crash, eight of whom were passengers in the van.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.


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