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At least 1 killed, multiple people injured in four-vehicle crash on E-470 in Thornton

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Posted at 5:50 PM, Dec 27, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-28 18:18:34-05

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.

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