The driver of minivan stuffed with illegal immigrants that crashed on Interstate 70, killing four people, is in the hands of federal immigration officials.
He’s suspected of immigrant smuggling in a van designed to hold eight, but was carrying more than a dozen people.
In addition to the four killed, ten others were injured in the crash about 20 miles west of Denver. The nine adults and one minor are being checked at Saint Anthony Central Hospital in Denver. Hospital spokeswoman Bev Lilly says the injuries don't appear to be life-threatening.
The crash happened about 1:40 p.m. Authorities closed the interstate for four hours to investigate.
The driver of the minivan fled the scene on foot. Authorities using a team of tracking dogs found him shortly before 6 p.m.
A spokesman with Immigration and Customs Enforcement says authorities believe the van is involved in smuggling immigrants because of the large number of occupants. There's no information on the citizenship of the occupants.
The State Patrol says the van went out of control on a curve, struck a tree and rolled, ejecting most of the people inside. Troopers say it was snowing in the area but the roads were in good condition
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