ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — One person was killed when an SUV towing a U-Haul van plowed into the rear of a semi=truck on Interstate 25 on Friday morning, the Colorado State Patrol said.
The crash happened about 4:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the interstate north of East 160th Avenue and south of Highway 7, just north of the E-470 interchange, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.
The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said the driver was a male in his late 20s. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
According to an official report, the SUV entered a construction zone and drove into a lane that was shut down where the semi was stopped.
The SUV slammed into the back of the semi-truck. It appears drugs and alcohol were not involved, but the coroner will make the final call.
The 48-year-old semi-truck driver was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette with serious injuries, the Colorado State Patrol said.
Traffic was getting by on the shoulder, but it was backed up seven miles beyond 120th Avenue. Delays were totaling 90 minutes to get past the crash scene.
The full interstate reopened just after 9 a.m.