Denver,Co – According a report from Fox 31 Denver, a wrong-way crash on Interstate 70 left 2 people dead and six people injured. The truck accident occurred near the Morrison exit, a little outside of Denver. The interstate ended up being closed for about seven hours, from approximately 11 a.m. to 6:15 pm, according to Colorado State Police.
The driver who initiated the chaos, Jeffery Stumpf, was driving westbound when he suddenly veered into the eastbound lanes. The truck first hit a Toyota 4Runner heading the other way. After the impact, both vehicles spun out. Stumpf’s truck then hit a Jeep Wrangler, which tipped over from the impact. Stumpf’s truck, a Chevrolet 2500, then struck a Wrangler Rubicon as it continued spinning. Then, a Honda Civic ran into the 2500 as it stopped spinning.
Stumpf was immediately taken to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival. The driver of the 4Runner, Jodie Stewart, was pronounced dead at the scene. She had a 17-year-old passenger in the car with her, who suffered minor injuries. Colorado State Police does not know why Stumpf went over the median.
Mark Brown, who was driving the Wrangler, and his passenger Karen Brown, both went to the hospital with injuries. Mark’s injuries were serious, while Karen’s were moderate. Both are expected to recover.
Todd Davidson was driving the Rubicon and suffered only minor injuries. However, his passengers, Gwen Davidson, and a 16-year-old male suffered serious injuries and were taken to the hospital. The driver and the passenger of the Honda, Sandra Maes and Thomas Antholz, were not injured, luckily.
After the accident, there was a huge citizen effort to assist the injured and help get them out of their vehicles. One witness claimed that “for each person injured, it seemed like there was probably like four to five groups of people there to asses them…stabilize them, consulting them.”
A group worked together to try to remove Stumpf from his truck. They pried open a door and spoke with him. According to a witness, he couldn’t remember anything of the crash. He also couldn’t remember where he was going or where he lived. He did indicate that he was experiencing great pain in his back and abdomen.
The Colorado State Patrol continues to investigate the cause of the accident so they can provide answers to the victims and their families. Currently, all they can tell is that the evidence appears to show that Stumpf made no effort to brake while crossing the median and that there were some empty liquor bottles in his truck.
Truck accidents are common on our busy highway around Denver, unfortunately, and sometimes they can be deadly. If you’ve been hurt or a loved one has died as a result of a truck accident, contact the Denver trucking accident lawyers of Warshauer-McLughlin for a free consultation.