Suspected drunk driver crashes into CSP motorcycle, tow truck in El Paso County


EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A driver who was allegedly intoxicated crashed into a Colorado State Patrol trooper’s motorbike and a tow truck early Wednesday morning on Interstate 25.

The two the trooper and tow truck driver had minimal injuries, but two other people were hospitalized, CSP explained.

Soon soon after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, the CSP trooper responded to a single-auto crash on southbound I-25 in the vicinity of mile marker 157.

By 1:30 a.m., the trooper was wrapping up the investigation into the crash. The trooper’s motorcycle was parked on the proper shoulder with emergency lights on. A tow truck with its amber lights activated was parked in front of the motorcycle, CSP claimed.

As the tow truck operator was loading the crashed auto on to the mattress, the driver of a 1998 Ford pickup headed southbound in the still left lane started off to drift throughout all lanes of website traffic right before crashing into the motorbike and the tow truck.

The bike was wholly destroyed in the crash, CSP mentioned.

CSP Vehicle, Tow Truck Damaged at Injury Crash Scene 2

Colorado State Patrol

The trooper experienced been standing on the west facet of the guardrail at the time and the tow truck operator was standing between the truck and the guardrail. Particles struck each of them, but they experienced just slight injuries, CSP stated.

The driver of the Ford, Bernard Ewertz, 55, of Greeley, experienced reasonable injuries and his passenger, a 31-calendar year-outdated lady from Greeley, was critically wounded, CSP mentioned. They were the two transported to a hospital.

Two lanes of I-25 were being closed for about 4 hrs for the investigation.

Ewertz was later on arrested on a charge of driving less than the influence.


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