Basalt, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a Kansas City man was killed after a boulder crashed through the windshield of his sport utility vehicle.
Forty-five-year-old Thomas Murphy and his family were starting their drive back home on Friday when he was hit by the boulder, which was about the size of a briefcase. The Colorado State Patrol says Murphy's wife, Jennifer Murphy, prevented the SUV from crashing by putting the car in neutral and steering from the front passenger's seat.
The Murphys' three sons were in the back seat. The boulder also hit their 11-year-old son but he wasn't seriously injured.
The accident occurred along Colorado 82 in Snowmass Canyon, about 15 miles west of Aspen.
Rain on Thursday night and Friday may have helped loosen the rock.
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