Driver arrested for impaired driving after crashing into soldier’s motorcycle, tow truck on I-25 – CBS Denver
EL PASO COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4)–A Colorado State Patrol motorcycle trooper and tow operator escaped with minor injuries after a pickup truck rammed the two vehicles in a previous crash. The truck driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
The incident began at 1:34 a.m. on I-25 southbound near mile marker 157 in El Paso County. CSP Trooper Dean McClain was completing his investigation into a single-vehicle crash that happened at 11:37 p.m. Tuesday.
McClain’s BMW patrol motorcycle was parked on the shoulder with its emergency lights activated and parked in front of the motorcycle was the tow truck with its amber lights activated. The driver was loading the vehicle involved in the accident for towing.
It was then that a 1998 Ford pickup truck crossed the middle and right lanes and onto the shoulder where it collided with the motorcycle and tow truck. The motorcycle was thrown into all traffic lanes towards the median where it caught fire and was destroyed.
McClain stood on the other side of the guardrail and the two operators stood between the tow truck and the guardrail. Debris from the impact struck both McClain and the trailer operator, causing minor injuries.
The driver of the van, Bernard Ewertz, 55, of Greeley suffered moderate injuries and his passenger, a 31-year-old woman from Greeley, was seriously injured. Both were taken to Penrose Hospital. Neither the gendarme nor the driver of the tow truck were taken to hospital.
Ewertz was later arrested for driving under the influence. Two lanes of I-25 were closed for approximately 4 hours during the investigation and cleanup.
“Today we were extremely fortunate that this situation did not get worse,” said CSP chief Colonel Matthew Packard. “We haven’t always been so lucky. It’s a dramatic reminder of the dangers of not moving and driving under the influence.