Blogging from the Double Tree - Colo Springs, CO
A 40-ton steel girder dropped from a freeway overpass construction site into morning traffic on Saturday, crushing one car and killing all three people inside. The 100-foot-long girder sagged across three lanes of Interstate 70 west of Denver, shearing off the top of an SUV that was carrying a man, a woman and a young girl, said State Patrol Master Trooper Ron Watkins. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, which occurred shortly after 10 a.m., Watkins said. The site is 10 miles west of downtown Denver. The girder collapsed after temporary braces holding it in place gave way, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Stacy Stegman said. Authorities had not determined why, she said. U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez said investigators were looking into the possibility of ''criminal tampering.'' Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Jim Shires confirmed deputies were investigating but added, ''We are not suspecting criminal activity took place.'' A caller to radio station KOA described seeing a blue Dodge SUV cut in half. ''The front, from the driver's seat forward, is about 200 feet down the road from the other part that's under the girder,'' the caller told KOA. The station did not identify the caller. The girder was put up Tuesday as crews were adding a lane to a bridge carrying Colorado 470 over I-70, Stegman said. Each end of the girder rested on a concrete pillar, and it had been attached to the existing bridge with five evenly spaced braces, she said. The ends of the beam still rested on the pillars Saturday, but the middle drooped over the highway. The crushed remains of the car were underneath. ''This is about as bad as it gets,'' State Patrol Capt. Jim Wolfinbarger said. Gov. Bill Owens visited the scene Saturday and offered condolences to the family of the unidentified victims. ''I'd say I'm sorry. This is a horrible tragedy, one that you wouldn't want to have happen to anybody, and we're going to do everything we can to learn from it so it doesn't happen again,'' he said. Traffic on I-70, the main route from Denver west over the Rocky Mountains, was stopped in the eastbound lanes and moving slowly in the westbound lanes after the accident.
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