ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The driver of a stolen SUV is in the hospital along with another passenger after crashing it and rolling it again.

The final crash happened just before 5 a.m. at Interstate 76 and Sheridan. The crash and rollover caused major backups during the morning commute.

It all began when a Colorado State Trooper witnessed the Ford Explorer crash at about 4:30 a.m. at 72nd and Sheridan. The trooper went to see if those inside were okay but the driver of the SUV sped away.

The trooper followed and during the short pursuit the SUV rolled at I-76 and Sheridan.

“The driver of the stolen vehicle lost control crashed against the barrier wall, rolled an unknown number of times, that is still under investigation. Two people were in the vehicle. They were both transported to the hospital,” said Colorado State Trooper Nick Carnival.

Two people, a 19-year-old male and 19-year-old female inside the SUV were rushed to St. Anthony’s Hospital. The woman had serious bodily injuries but not life-threatening.

Troopers said there have been no indications of drugs or alcohol.

The SUV was reported stolen last week in Denver.

Westbound I-76 was closed for a while during the crash cleanup. One lane was closed for nearly six hours. I-76 completely reopened at 10:15 a.m.


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