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Driver injured after car hits bear on I-70 in Jefferson County

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Posted at 11:50 AM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 16:10:08-04

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A woman driving a SUV was injured after her vehicle struck a bear crossing Interstate 70 Wednesday morning, according to the Colorado State Patrol. 

Troopers say the bear was killed as a result of the crash.

The CSP tweeted that the crash occurred on eastbound I-70 near mile marker 251 in Jefferson County.

Paramedics transported the female driver to the hospital. The nature and extent of her injuries are unknown.

Troopers tweeted a reminder to drivers to watch for animals on the roadway, writing “Deer aren't the only animals to watch for on roadways this time of year.”

Vehicle-bear crashes have been fatal for drivers and passengers in the past.

A crash involving a bear on I-70 near Rifle killed three people September of last year.

The family of four adults and three children were inside an SUV when it struck the bear near the Rifle exit, according to the Colorado State Patrol.