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Two adults suffer serious injuries from I-70 collision

Authorities are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident.
The collision shut down I-70 westbound near mile marker 30 on Saturday afternoon.
The collision shut down I-70 westbound near mile marker 30 on Saturday afternoon.(KKCO/KJCT)
Published: Nov. 27, 2021 at 8:52 PM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - UPDATE: The Grand Junction Police Department has provided an update with more details of what occurred in the I-70 two vehicle collision on Saturday, Nov. 27.

According to the GJPD, 40-year-old Starlyn Tait was speeding in the left land of westbound I-70 near Horizon Drive. Tait began to veer into the median and overcorrected her vehicle, causing it to spin into the right lane and collide with another vehicle. The second vehicle was occupied by an adult male and an adult female. The collision caused both vehicles to roll multiple times, ultimately they came to a stop in nearby water on the side of the interstate.

All three adults were transported to the hospital. The GJPD reports the adult male and adult female in the second vehicle sustained serious injuries in the collision.

The GJPD also reports speed and alcohol were contributing factors to the crash.

Tait was arrested and is charged with the following:

  • 2 Counts of Vehicular Assault while under the influence or alcohol or drugs
  • 1 Count of Reckless Driving
  • 1 Count of Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

The GJPD is continuing to investigate the situation.

PREVIOUS ARTICLE: An interstate crash closed parts of I-70 near Horizon Drive around Mile Marker 30 in Grand Junction on Saturday afternoon. Three people were transported to the hospital as a result, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time. Authorities are saying by 4:45 p.m., westbound lanes on the interstate were closed for the investigation and vehicle extraction. By 7:20 p.m. those lanes had reopened. Two vehicles were involved, and both rolled as a result of the incident. According to police, one also rolled into nearby water.

Officers are continuing to investigate the situation.

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