The driver of the pick-up was going the wrong way on I-25, and investigators believe the two people inside were heading to Denver. The vehicle was going south in the northbound lanes of traffic, when it collided with a semi-truck. Both people in the pick-up truck were killed instantly.
In reference to why people go the wrong direction on the interstate, Corporal Joe Leal, Jr. of the Colorado State Patrol says, "It's hard to determine why people do it, but it does happen quite regularly."
Leal says, in this case, tiredness, alcohol and drugs are contributing factors.
He adds, “If there's an accident, it's usually fatal because, especially on the interstate, you have two cars going between 65 and 70 miles an hour. You combine that and the force of impact.”
In addition, seat belts were not in use. Both occupants in the pick-up truck were ejected from the vehicle. The State Patrol doesn’t know how long the vehicle was going the wrong way, because it didn’t receive any reports of a car traveling the wrong direction before the accident happened.
The passenger didn’t have an ID with her, so the coroner has to wait for fingerprints and the results of a blood analysis before he notifies her family.
As for the semi-truck driver, he was treated and released from a local hospital.