2 children airlifted to hospital with serious injures after I-70 crash

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- A boy and a girl from Florida were airlifted to Colorado Children's Hospital with serious injuries after a three-vehicle crash that included a semitruck on Interstate 70 near Sixth Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Traffic was backed up for several hours on I-70 in both directions on metro Denver's west side after the crash, which involved a Chevrolet Malibu, a Toyota Yaris and a Peterbuilt semitruck.

All three vehicles entered a construction zone on eastbound Interstate 70 about 2:30 p.m. The Chevrolet and Toyota slowed, but the truck was unable to slow in enough time, slamming into the Malibu and eventually the rear of the Yaris.

The adults in the Chevrolet were taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood where they were treated and released. The children in the Chevrolet, ages 5 and 8, were flown to Colorado Children's Hospital. The extent of their injuries is not known.

The Colorado State Patrol said the children were properly restrained in booster seats. The family in the Chevrolet was from Florida.

The woman driving the Toyota was taken to St. Anthony Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the truck, 60-year-old Carlos Monroy of Aurora, was not injured.

The Colorado State Patrol was not being specific about who might have been the distracted driver.

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