SUV plunges off I-70, two hurt |

SUV plunges off I-70, two hurt

Robert Allen
Summit County correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. – A sport-utility vehicle drove off eastbound Interstate 70 on Saturday, falling 300 feet before landing upside down and injuring two occupants.

The incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m., a few miles west of the Eisenhower Tunnel at mile marker 211.

A three-to-one pulley system was used to remove the victims, who sustained mild injuries, said Anna DeBattiste, spokeswoman with Summit County Rescue.

The SUV landed on the Straight Creek Trail that leads out of Dillon Valley, she said.

There was no guardrail at the section of highway where the SUV went off.

“There have been some accidents right here in this spot before,” DeBattiste said.

Shortly after the incident, several onlookers stopped their vehicles and hiked down to the scene. DeBattiste said that was helpful, “not that we necessarily recommend that.”

The patients were taken from the scene within two hours of the incident.

Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue, Summit County Ambulance Service and Summit County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

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