Motorcycle accident on I-70 kills one, injures two

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A motorcycle accident on eastbound I-70 shut down lanes for over an hour, backing traffic up for 10 miles. (Photo: CDOT)

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IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. — A female passenger died and two male riders were injured Saturday after an accident involving motorcycles colliding on eastbound Interstate 70.

It happened at 4:31 p.m., the Colorado State Patrol said.

The motorcyclists were traveling eastbound on I-70 in the center lane and passed a slower moving vehicle near mile marker 244, one on the left and the other on the right.

When the bikes merged back in the center lane, they hit each other, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The two male riders and the female passenger were thrown from the two Harley Davidson motorcycles.

The woman was airlifted and the two men transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Central Hospital.

The 35-year-old woman was pronounced dead. A 47-year-old rider suffered serious injuries and a 46-year-old rider suffered moderate injuries.

Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Eastbound Interstate 70 was shut down for several hours as the accident was investigated. Traffic was backed up for 10 miles to the Berthoud Pass exit when one lane was reopened at 6:25 p.m., according to Colorado State Patrol officials.

Identifications of the victims have not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin.

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