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6 taken to hospital after Tahoe runs red light at Chambers, I-70 ramp

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AURORA, Colo. — Six people were hurt after a vehicle ran a red light at the off-ramp from Interstate 70 to Chambers Road in Aurora Saturday.

Aurora Police said a white Chevy Tahoe driving north on Chambers ran a red light at the intersection with the off-ramp.

A blue Ford Explorer drove into the intersection and was hit by the Tahoe. The Explorer was spun around 180 degrees and the Tahoe tumbled and flipped over, said Lt. Jeff Turner of the Aurora Police Department.

Aurora police closed the off-ramp, along with a portion of North Chambers Road at 38th, while the crash was investigated.

Four adults inside the Tahoe were not wearing seat belts and here hurt in the crash. Turner said the front passenger in the Tahoe was ejected.  That person underwent surgery at a hospital and was listed in critical, life-threatening condition. The three other occupants had serious but not life-threatening injuries.

“This is another example of the importance and benefit of wearing seat belts,” Turner said in a news release. “Had the occupants of the Tahoe been restrained, they would probably have suffered only minor injuries, if any.”

Six people, two adults and four children, were inside the Explorer. Turner said only two people were hurt in that vehicle, a female passenger and one child, and were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The ramp was reopened around 3:30 p.m.

Turner said alcohol is not being considered a factor in the crash, but excessive speed is.


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