UPDATED: Second fatality in I-70 accident
Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30pm
From the Garfield County Coroner’s Office:
On Monday November 16, 2015 at 3:50am, doctors at Children’s Hospital pronounced 12-year old Amelia Bradley’s death. Amelia was seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash in the morning hours of October 26, 2015.
Amelia’s mother, Lori Rink, a Rifle Elementary teacher, was pronounced dead on scene.
Amelia’s cause of death is multiple injuries and manner of death is accident. The Garfield County
Coroner’s Office offers its condolences to the family and friends of Lori and Amelia.
Earlier: The Garfield County Coroner says New Castle resident Lori M. Rink died in a crash on I-70 Monday morning. Coroner Robert Glassmire says the 44-year-old's death is still being investigated and was likely an accident. Rink was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Also in the car were Rink’s daughter and 47-year old husband. A report by the Colorado State Patrol shows there was standing water on the interstate when the accident happened, which was before 7:15am. Investigators believe Rink’s husband was at the wheel, and lost control while traveling I-70 westbound near the New Castle exit. The SUV traveled across the median and into oncoming traffic, colliding with another car, which then hit a third.
The Colorado State Patrol says the two other drivers are being treated at Grand River and Valley View Hospitals. One has serious injuries.
The Coroner's office expects to carry out an autopsy later today for Lori Rink. Her daughter is being treated at Children’s Hospital in Denver for serious injuries, and Rink’s husband is being treated at Grand River for moderate injuries
Eastbound I-70 near Silt and New Castle was closed for several hours after the accident and has since been reopened. That section of the interstate regularly handles busy morning commuting traffic. You can see the entire initial Colorado State Patrol accident report below.
The Colorado State Patrol Investigates Fatal Crash in Garfield County
This morning at approximately 7:15 a.m. Colorado State Troopers responded to a three-vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 70, near the town of New Castle in Garfield County.
A 1999 Ford Explorer was traveling westbound on Interstate 70 near mile marker 104 when it lost control and traveled off of the left side of the roadway. The Ford began to rotate counter-clockwise and travel through the center grass median and into the eastbound lanes. A 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe was eastbound in the left lane when it struck the passenger side of the Ford. Immediately following the collision the Chevrolet began to rotate counter-clockwise and struck a 2005 Pontiac Vibe also traveling eastbound.
The driver of the Ford, a 47 year old male of New Castle was transported to Grand River Hospital with moderate injuries. His passenger, a 44 year old female of New Castle died on scene. A second passenger, a 12 year old female of New Castle was transported to Valley View Hospital, then flown to Children’s hospital with serious injuries.
The driver of the Chevrolet, Juan Gonzalez, 18 of Rifle was transported to Grand River Hospital with serious injuries.
The driver of the Pontiac, Sandra Roger, 51 of Rifle was transported to Valley View Hospital with minor injuries.
The roadway was wet with standing water at the time of the crash.
Eastbound Interstate 70 was closed for several hours for the investigation. This crash remains under investigation.
Previously, 2:30pm Monday October 26th:
The Garfield County Coroner says New Castle resident Lori M. Rink died in a crash on I-70 this morning. In a statement released at 2pm, Robert Glassmire said the 44-year-old's death is still being investigated and was likely an accident.
Glassmire says Rink was pronounced dead when his office responded after the accident. Also in the car were Rink’s daughter and 47-year old husband, who are being treated at hospitals in the area. It's not clear what their conditions are. The Coroner's office expects to carry out an autopsy later today.
Eastbound I-70 near Silt and New Castle was closed for several hours after the accident. It has since been reopened. That section of the interstate regularly handles busy morning commuting traffic.