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Officials have confirmed a 53-year-old Denver woman died in the Dec. 5 accident that closed Interstate 70 at C-470 for three hours.
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Colorado State Patrol hadn’t released the woman’s name as of 7 p.m. Dec. 5, pending next-of-kin notification by the Jeffco Coroner’s Office.
A second Denver woman was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Around 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5, the women were traveling in the far left lane on westbound on I-70 when their car was hit from behind by a Jeep.
Trooper Josh Lewis said there were indications the car had slowed down or was stopped when the Jeep hit it. Drugs, alcohol and speed weren’t being considered as factors in the crash, he added.
The car’s 53-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene near mile marker 259, while the 55-year-old driver was transported.
The Jeep 35-year-old male driver and 34-year-old female passenger, both from Texas, were uninjured. All four people involved were wearing seat belts at the time, Lewis stated.
Following the crash, all westbound lanes and one eastbound lane were closed in the area for approximately three hours while investigators were on-scene.
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