BRIGHTON, Colo. – The eastbound lanes of Interstate 76 were closed for two hours Saturday after an accident injured two people and left one in the hospital.
At approximately 4 a.m., Brighton Police responded to an accident on I-76 at the E-470 overpass, where they said a four-door Nissan struck a right shoulder guard rail and became airborne, landing on its roof in the marsh under the I-76 bridge.
According to police, the accident caused the guard rail to peel back, blocking a lane of traffic. A semi tractor-trailer pulled into the blocked lane to keep traffic from striking the guard rail. When the driver of the semi called to report the accident, a car hit the semi’s back trailer, causing the car’s driver’s side to be separated from the vehicle, police said.
The 29-year-old woman who was driving the car was ejected from the vehicle and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Police said she was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash. Her name has not been released.
The driver of the Nissan, 23-year-old Valen Fisher, was treated for injuries at a local hospital and was later released with a summons for DUI and careless driving resulting in injury. The passenger of the Nissan was also treated for minor injuries.