Speed, Inexperience Cited In Colorado Prison Van Crash

LIMON, Colo. (AP) – Speeding and an inexperienced 22-year-old driver were cited as factors in a prison van rollover accident on an icy Interstate 70 during a snowstorm that killed the driver and a prison inmate and injured eight others.

The Colorado State Patrol in a report released Thursday says the Correctional Corp. of America van driven by Grace Cortez rolled over at least twice before coming to rest on its wheels Dec. 19.

Investigators noted driver inexperience as a contributing factor and listed the official cause as exceeded safe speed. CCA did not immediately return a message.

Cortez and another staff member were ferrying nine inmates from the Kit Carson Correctional Facility in Burlington to the Limon Correctional Facility. Inmate 57-year-old Andres Valdez also died in the crash.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Denver

NEWS TEAM
Send A News Tip

Listen Live

AM/FM Stations

Featured Shows & Multimedia