SUV crash closes Interstate 25, sends four people to hospital

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- Northbound Interstate 25 was closed Saturday afternoon following a violent crash that sent four people to the hospital.

The incident happened about 2 p.m. when the driver of a southbound SUV tried to switch lanes near Highway 7, north of E-470. The driver abruptly noticed that there was a vehicle in the way and overcorrected, sending his own vehicle tumbling back across the median, police said.

The SUV rolled at least four times. Witnesses said two of the four people in the vehicle were ejected, but the victims  later told police they had simply climbed out after the crash.

None of the four were wearing seatbelts, a witness said. Police later confirmed that at least one person was not belted in, but could not say whether the other three were or not.

All four people were hospitalized, and the traffic in the area was slowed to a near-standstill while police worked the scene. The northbound lanes of I-25 were closed for hours.

All four of the victims escaped serious injury. No other vehicles were involved.