Coroner names victims in I-70 crash

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The Mesa County Coroner has identified the two people killed in a crash on I-70 Sunday afternoon.

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The coroner's office said Linda Woodward, of La Jara, Colorado, and Billy Steele, of Meeker, were killed when their two trucks crashed near the Horizon Drive exit. The coroner said their deaths have been ruled accidents and were caused by multiple blunt force injuries.

Authorities said Woodward, 73, was heading west in a white Ford F-150 truck when she reportedly crossed the median into oncoming traffic and crashed into a black 2500 Chevy, driven by Steele, 33.

The coroner said both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

Police said an injured passenger in the Chevy was taken to the hospital. There was no immediate update on the person's condition.

There was still no word on what exactly caused the crash to happen.

During the investigation, two GJPD vehicles were hit by a pickup truck that was traveling in the westbound lanes. The fire department said one officer was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while the second officer and the pickup truck driver were treated on scene.

GJPD says three dogs and one cat that were in the vehicles at the time of the crash also died.

Both incidents are still under investigations.

I-70 was shut down for the better part of Sunday night and was reopened by Monday morning.



 
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