AVON, Colo. – Two people were able to walk away from their crushed Honda CRV Sunday morning with “little more than cuts and bruises,” says a witness who saw a semi-trailer roll off an I-70 overpass and land on top of the car. The vehicles erupted into flames shortly after impact.
The driver of the truck was killed in the accident and pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger did survive and was transported to Vail Valley Medical Center, where he is expected to stay overnight.
“I just saw this massive truck fly off the I-70 overpass,” Joanna MacCutheon told FOX31 Denver. “I don’t think I said anything, I was in shock.”
As for the occupants of the Honda CRV, MacCutheon says “They seemed fine. They were walking, so we went and attended to them … (the) two younger people actually walked out of the car to the ambulance.”
Authorities have identified the pair as Avon residents Bradley Zellersrow and Lara Wahal, who was driving the car. They were reportedly on their way to play tennis at the time of the accident; both were treated and released from Vail Valley Medical Center Sunday afternoon.
A Yellow Trucking Company representative would only confirm that a truck from the company’s fleet was involved in a fatal accident near Avon.
According to investigators, the semi-trailer was from Chicago and was hauling household goods. The truck’s final destination wasn’t known.
Interstate 70 was closed for several hours after the accident.