LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Lakewood Police are trying to determine why a gold Lexus crossed from the middle lane of westbound I-70 into the left lane and then into the median and eastbound lanes, where it collided head-on with the rear wheels of a gravel hauler near the Denver West Office Park.
The gruesome accident, which happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday, killed the driver of the Lexus and forced the closure of eastbound I-70.
Investigators placed a white sheet over the driver’s side door of the car while waiting for the Coroner to arrive. They had to cut off the roof to extricate the victim’s body.
“There’s no indication that alcohol or drugs were a factor,” said Lakewood Police Detective Ty Countryman. He said investigators will try to determine if there was a mechanical problem with the car, a medical problem with the driver or if a cell phone may have been involved.
“Right now, there is no indication that the gravel hauler is at fault,” Countryman said.
Countryman told 7NEWS that the truck driver was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital as a precaution, but did not appear to be seriously injured.
Eastbound I-70 was closed at Colfax for the accident investigation until about 2:40 p.m. Eastbound traffic was being detoured onto Colfax, then up Denver West Boulevard and back onto I-70.