Two People Hospitalized After Small Plane Crashes On Vail Pass

Vail (AP) A single–engine plane crash on Vail Pass has landed two people in a hospital, and scattered pieces of the plane across a hillside. The plane skidded on Interstate 70 shortly before 10:00 a.m, touching an eastbound traffic lane before colliding with a group of saplings about 25 feet away.

The plane had taken off from Rock Springs, Wyoming. Vail Spokeswoman Suzanne Silverthorn says a motorcyclist riding
on I–70 had to duck to avoid pieces of the descending plane. No flames or smoke were reported, but two people were taken to Vail Valley Medical Center.

Silverthorn says one person suffered serious injuries, but the other was only moderately hurt. One westbound lane of I–70 was closed for a time.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. The identities of the people on board haven't been released. The plane was reportedly headed toward Leadville when it crashed east of Vail, and west of the 10,666 foot summit of Vail Pass.

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