One killed, five hurt in Vail rollover |

One killed, five hurt in Vail rollover

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – A 29-year-old man died in a rollover accident on Interstate 70 in Vail on Saturday afternoon.

Five others were hurt, one critically, in the accident, police said.

Police believe the man who died was at the wheel of a Lincoln Navigator that lost control while going eastbound on Interstate 70 just east of the East Vail exit. The car went into the median and began rolling, coming to rest on its roof in the westbound lanes, police said.

The man was ejected from the car and was taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. His name and hometown were being withheld pending the notification of his family.

A 24-year-old female passenger was pinned inside the vehicle, authorities said. She was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center, where she was in critical condition Saturday night.

Four other passengers in the Navigator were taken to the Vail hospital and then to the Gypsum Urgent Care center for medical treatment.

Authorities were notified of the crash at 3:37 p.m. and responded within eight minutes.

Evidence suggests several of the passengers were not wearing seatbelts, police said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but police say they have reason to believe alcohol may have been a factor.

“Evidence gathered at the scene indicates alcohol was involved,” said Cmdr. Joe Ribeiro of the Vail Police, saying he couldn’t be more specific because the incident is still under investigation.

The weather was sunny at the time of crash.

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