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Alcohol, speed suspected as factors in I-225 crash that killed 3, injured 3

The SUV with six people lost control and rolled Saturday afternoon on Interstate 225 near Parker Road, CSP said.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — Alcohol and speed were being investigated as factors in a crash Saturday on Interstate 225 that killed three people and injured three others, according to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP).

CSP said a 2004 Ford Explorer was heading north on I-225 near Parker Road in Arapahoe County when it lost control and went off the right shoulder just before 4:20 p.m. The vehicle rolled three times.

The driver, a woman in her mid-20s, died at the scene, as did one of the passengers, a man in his early 20s. Another passenger, a man in his mid-30s, was declared deceased at a hospital, a CSP spokesperson said.

Neither of the passengers who died was wearing a seat belt, and both were ejected from the vehicle, CSP said.

A third person who was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected, a woman in her mid-20s, was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Two others who were injured, a 20-year-old man and a 35-year-old man, were taken to Denver Health. Those two passengers and the driver were wearing seat belts and were not ejected from the vehicle, CSP said.

A CSP spokesperson said alcohol and speed were suspected as factors in the crash. He also said the Ford Explorer did not have a capacity for six occupants and that CSP was still determining where the occupants were all sitting.

All lanes of I-225 were reopened just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday.