Boulders crash onto crowded highway west of Denver

| 1/18/2002

Boulders crashed down a mountainside onto a crowded highway last Monday, killing a 7-year-old boy and injuring several others. According to local news reports, Interstate 70 near Glenwood Springs, CO, was closed for three hours during evening rush hour traffic while damaged vehicles were towed and rocks were cleared.

A 500-pound rock crushed the side of a pickup truck in which the young boy was sitting, said the Colorado State Patrol. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The boy's stepfather was treated for a head injury and released.

Seven drivers had minor injuries after their vehicles either struck rocks or collided with each other and turned over. One police officer was injured while directing traffic when he was hit by a vehicle.

Glenwood Springs is about 160 miles west of Denver.