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One person dies after a crash on EB I-70 at the Morrison exit Thursday morning, CSP says

The wreck happened at the C-470 interchange, shutting down parts of EB I-70 for hours
Colorado State Patrol
Posted at 5:25 AM, Jun 01, 2023

GOLDEN, Colo. — One person died Thursday morning in a crash on Eastbound Interstate 70 at the Colorado Highway 470 interchange near the Morrison exit, Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper Gary Cutler said.

A CSP Trooper spotted a car driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of C-470 going toward I-70, according to a statement from the law enforcement agency.

The trooper stopped the driver around 2 o'clock Thursday morning. When the trooper approached the car to talk to the suspect, the man behind the wheel immediately got out of the car, CSP said.

While the trooper tried to ID the driver, the suspect got back in the car from the passenger side and climbed back into the driver's seat. The trooper then TASED the suspect, but the driver removed the TASER probes, started the car and drove down the grassy median over a retaining wall and landed onto the EB I-70 off-ramp to Westbound Highway 6 toward Golden.

That's when the driver got out of the car and ran across the off-ramp, jumped over another concrete barrier onto EB I-70 where he was hit and killed by another passing vehicle. The driver that hit the suspect remained on scene.

The Arvada Police Department crash team will be handling the investigation because this incident involved a CSP trooper.

The wreck shut down Eastbound I- 70 at the Morrison exit for more than five hours Thursday morning.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, access was still restricted from Eastbound I-70 to Westbound C-470.

"We anticipate that this will be a lengthy closure, so alternate routes are highly recommended," Colorado State Patrol told Denver7 Traffic Expert Jayson Luber.


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