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Crews Respond to Rollover Accident on Vail Pass

  • 28 July 2019
Crews Respond to Rollover Accident on Vail Pass

Emergency responders were dispatched at 10:32 a.m. Saturday, July 27 for a report of a rollover accident at the lower truck ramp at milemarker 182 westbound Interstate 70. Responding agencies included Vail Fire and Emergency Services, Eagle County Paramedic Services, Colorado State Patrol and Vail Police. 

Upon arrival, crews treated and transported five passengers who had been removed from an overturned SUV by bystanders. They were taken to Vail Health. Two of the patients were later air lifted from Vail Health to Denver area hospitals.


The SUV had been pulling a camper. There was also a semi-truck involved that used the emergency truck ramp. 

I-70 was closed at the time of the accident and remained closed until mid-afternoon while Colorado State Patrol completed the traffic investigation and cleared the Interstate of debris.


From Colorado State Patrol

As of 3 p.m. July 28, all of the occupants of the Ford Explorer from Agoura Hills Calif, remain in Denver area hospitals. The three juveniles from the Ford Explorer are not being identified at this time but listed as two 7-year- olds and one 9-year-old. Two of the juveniles remain in critical condition and the other occupants are listed as in stable condition. As a reminder, this case is on-going and still under investigation.
Vail, Colo – The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a three-vehicle crash which occurred on Interstate 70 westbound near milepost 182 approximately 2 miles east of the East Vail exit. At approximately 10:34 a.m. on July 27, a 2015 International semi-tractor, driven by 48-year-old Keith Thompson of Detroit, Mich, was westbound on Interstate 70. The semi-tractor collided with a 2016 Ford Explorer towing a camper trailer being driven by a 40-year- old male from Agoura Hills, Calif. The collision forced both the Ford Explorer and a 2010 Jeep Cherokee off the roadway. The Ford Explorer rolled multiple times, causing injuries to all five passengers. The Jeep was being driven by a 69-year-old male from Evans, Colo.

After the collision, the semi-tractor used a runaway truck ramp to come to a stop at milepost 182. Responding agencies included Vail Fire and Emergency Services, Eagle County Paramedics Services, Vail Police Department, Colorado Department of Transportation, and the Colorado State Patrol. A safety closure was immediately implemented westbound, over Vail Pass, and re-opened by mid-afternoon Saturday.

All occupants of the Ford Explorer, including 3 juveniles, were initially transported to Vail Health. All of those individuals were later transported to Denver area hospitals via Flight for Life helicopter or ground ambulances.

The driver of the semi-tractor and the driver of the Jeep Cherokee did not sustain injuries.

Thompson has been charged with five counts of Careless Driving Causing Injury. Excessive speed and brake failure are being considered as possible factors in the crash. The crash remains under investigation. 

For further information, contact Corporal Greg Muse at 720-576-3893 or
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The person(s) involved have not yet been convicted of a crime, and are presumed innocent. The presumption of innocence shall continue until such time that the person(s) accused may be found guilty by a court of law. 

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