THORNTON, Colo. — At least one person was killed and multiple others were injured following a four-vehicle crash on E-470 in Thornton late Wednesday afternoon.
Troopers from the Colorado State Patrol said the initial call about the deadly crash happened just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the southbound side of E-470 just before the Colorado Blvd. exit.
The crash was caused by a wrong-way driver, a CSP spokesperson told Denver7. The driver was identified Thursday as an 86-year-old man from Loveland. He was the sole fatality in the crash, the spokesperson said.
The other vehicles involved were:
- Cadillac Escalade driven by a 46-year-old man from Salida who had three other passengers along with him — two men and a woman;
- Chevy Bolt driven by a 73-year-old woman from Aurora who was hospitalized with serious injuries following the crash. A 72-year-old passenger from Aurora suffered minor injuries
- Honda CRV driven by a 24-year-old woman from Loveland. She was also hospitalized with serious injuries
One northbound lane and both southbound lanes of E-470 were closed for several hours. The roadway has since reopened.
Editor's note on Dec. 28, 2023 at 4 p.m.: This story has been modified with more information on the driver who died in the crash and the victims who were injured.