Driver Ejected in Crash that Shut Down I-70

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

A man is recovering after being thrown from his SUV while driving on the interstate Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened just before 5 p.m. east of the Palisade exit.
Colorado State Patrol says a rear tire on the SUV blew out as he was driving toward Grand Junction.

Troopers say the driver probably overcorrected, forcing the SUV to hit the guard rail twice then flipping over onto the other side of the road.

The driver was ejected and rushed to the hospital with what officials call severe, but non–life threatening injuries.

Two other people inside the SUV were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Troopers say alcohol is not a factor in the crash, but they are looking into the possibility the driver was not wearing a seat belt.

They say it's likely no one will be ticketed.

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