Trucker faces charges after multiple injury crash on Vail Pass

Colorado police say that a semi truck driver has been issued multiple charges following a crash on Vail Pass that left five people hospitalized.

The crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, on westbound I-70 near mile marker 182, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol.

Police say that 48 year old Michigan-based truck driver Keith Thompson collided with a Ford Explorer towing a camper trailer. This crash caused the Ford Explorer to hit a Jeep Cherokee and sent both vehicles crashing off of I-70.

The Ford Explorer rolled several times before coming to a stop.

Thompson used a runaway truck ramp to bring his vehicle to a stop after the crash, police say.

All five occupants of the Ford Explorer including three children were taken to the hospital. The Colorado State Patrol says that two of the children are listed in critical condition. The other three people are listed in stable condition.

Thompson and the Jeep driver were not hurt.

Multiple agencies responded to the crash, including the Vail Fire and Emergency Services, Eagle County Paramedics Services, Vail Police Department, Colorado Department of Transportation, and the Colorado State Patrol.

Following the crash, Thompson has been charged with five counts of careless driving causing injury.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but police say that speed or brake failure could have been factors.

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