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Family hit by wrong-way driver on I-70 was visiting from out of state, police say

The 50-year-old driver of the truck was killed and three passengers were seriously hurt in the crash late Friday, Wheat Ridge Police said.

WHEAT RIDGE, Colorado — A family of four visiting from Iowa was in a pickup hit by a wrong-way driver late Friday on Interstate 70 in Wheat Ridge, police said on Monday.

The Wheat Ridge Police Department (WRPD) first tweeted about the crash at 12:29 a.m. Saturday. A police spokesperson said the crash involved two pickup trucks in the eastbound lanes of I-70 at Kipling Street.

In the pickup that was hit, the 50-year-old driver was killed and three passengers were seriously injured. All four people in the truck were family members who were visiting from Iowa, Wheat Ridge Police said on Monday.

The 29-year-old driver, who was at fault, was also seriously injured and was expected to be hospitalized for quite some time, police said.

The identity of the deceased victim hasn't been released. 

Police said that alcohol played a factor in the crash and investigators will present their findings to the District Attorney's Office for decisions on what charges the driver will face.

"We would like to reiterate that this is a terrible tragedy in which an entire family is now forced to come to terms with unimaginable loss," Wheat Ridge Police said in a news release. "Please continue to keep them close to your hearts."

Eastbound lanes of I-70 in Wheat Ridge at Kipling were closed as police investigated the incident. Roads reopened around 6 a.m. Saturday. 


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