Clifton Man Dies In Auto Accident on I-70B

A Clifton man is dead after he slammed into a pickup truck stopped at an intersection on Interstate-70B Monday morning. The accident happened at 8:45 a.m. and slowed traffic on westbound Business Highway 70 for more than an hour. 67–year–old Charles Exner of Clifton was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident involving three vehicles.

Witnesses say Exner may have been distracted as his westbound car slammed into the back of a pickup camper waiting at a traffic signal at 30 Road. The pickup was shoved into the rear–end of another car sending that car across the intersection to rest at the side of the road.

Exner was going an estimated at 55 to 60 miles per hour when it crashed into the truck. The speed limit in the area is 45 miles per hour.

The driver of the car and the driver of the pickup were sent to St. Mary's Hospital with what are described as minor injuries.

Traffic was slowed at that intersection for more than an hour so the accident could be cleared.

Exner was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

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