Witnesses say crash near Federal Blvd and Exposition Ave that hurt 5 people is a result of road rage

DENVER - Witnesses say a red minivan cut off a pickup truck before a chain-reaction crash on Tuesday afternoon that sent five people to the hospital.

The witnesses told 7NEWS the two drivers were honking at each other just before the crash, which occurred just after 1 p.m. near the intersection of Federal Boulevard and Exposition Avenue.

After the minivan pulled in front of the pickup, they said, the driver slowed down and then slammed on the brakes, forcing the pickup to swerve out of the way.

The pickup truck hit a fire hydrant, several parked cars and a light pole. It came to rest on top of the concrete foundation for the light pole.

After our original posting, Evaristo Lopez called 7NEWS to report he was the one driving the red van. He disputes the witness accounts and says he made a safe lane change. The other vehicle honked at him, Lopez said, and he slowed cautiously.

Lopez also said that the pickup truck responded by trying to cut him off before losing control.

Denver Police Department spokesman Carlos Montoya couldn't confirm what the witnesses said, or whether the crash is a result of road rage,  but he did confirm that five people were injured in the crash.

Although police haven't identified either driver or the charges they face, Lopez told 7NEWS he was cited for driving without a license and making an unlawful lane change. Lopez added that the other driver was also cited tor driving without a license, but didn't know if there were other charges.

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