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One Dead, Three Injured in Rollover Crash on Highway

vehicle flipped on roof after car crash with emergency crews responding

According to The Denver Post, a man is dead and three others, including two children, are injured after a car crash in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday morning.

Details of Fatal Crash

A man, a woman, and two children were driving in a pickup truck westbound on Interstate 76 when the crash occurred. At around 7:25 a.m. local time, witnesses say the driver of the pickup truck recklessly attempted to pass a semi-truck on the shoulder. The pickup ended up driving through a guardrail and went airborne, landing on its top on the road below.

Officials say the driver was aggressively weaving in and out of traffic and passing other vehicles before the car accident occurred, according to The Denver Post. Witnesses to the accident say the pickup truck was speeding prior to the crash.

A man in the vehicle, who was not wearing his seatbelt, died at the scene of the crash. A woman in the vehicle also suffered from serious injuries in the crash and was taken to a local hospital. It is unclear which adult was driving at the time of the wreck.

The Denver Post reports that two children in the back seat of the truck received treatment at a hospital for injuries. The crash is under investigation.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,092 people died in motor vehicle wrecks on U.S. roadways in 2015.
    • This is an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014 – the largest increase in nearly 50 years.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
    • 105,000 more people sustained injuries in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.

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