Two men die in fiery I-70 crash
Vail, CO Colorado
WOLCOTT ” Two men were killed in the early morning hours of July Fourth in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 near Wolcott.
Troopers did not know who the men were Thursday night because they had not been able to find anyone who knew them, said Sgt. David Kucera of the Colorado State Patrol.
Paperwork in the vehicle showed the men were likely from a foreign country, said Kucera, who declined to reveal details of the paperwork or which country.
“We’re pretty confident that they were foreigners,” Kucera said.
The crash occurred about 1:40 a.m. in the east lanes of I-70 about a half-mile east of the Wolcott interchange. The 1994 Toyota 4Runner went into the median and traveled about 194 feet before swerving back onto I-70 and traveling another 195 feet to the right shoulder.
The car then flipped for about 275 feet, stopped on its wheels and caught fire, according to the State Patrol. Witnesses said the driver was speeding, Kucera said.
Both men remained inside the vehicle and died at the scene.
Fire crews quickly extinguished the blaze, according to the patrol, which is investigating the accident.
Kucera has covered around 2,000 accidents in his career and had only seen “10 to 15” accidents like it.
“To have that kind of a fire, it’s kind of interesting,” Kucera said. “It’s just not a very common occurrence to burn like that.”
Investigators are working to find out whether the fire was caused by a mechanical failure or something else, he said.
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