Chain reaction crash on I-76 in Brighton leaves one dead, one arrested
BRIGHTON, Colo. — A five-vehicle crash on Interstate 76 in Brighton killed one person late Monday afternoon.
At 4:55 p.m., a black 2014 Jeep Rubicon pulling a flatbed trailer was traveling eastbound on the highway when it hit a white Toyota sedan that was stopped in one of the lanes, according to a Brighton Police Department news release.
The chain of events that led to the death began at 4:30 p.m. when a semi carrying an oversize load became stuck under the Bridge Street overpass. The large load was lodged under the bridge and eastbound traffic on I-76 came to a standstill.
“The white Toyota then struck a red Honda sedan which struck a gray Hyundai sedan. The trailer being pulled by the Jeep became detached and struck the gray Hyundai and a white Chrysler passenger van,” the news release said.
The driver of the Jeep, 22-year-old Conner Maurer of Minatare, Neb., was charged with careless driving causing death. He was booked in the Adams County Detention Facility on Monday night.