Gary Gerhardt, Rocky Mountain News (Denver), March 21, 2006
Immigration officials and the Colorado State Patrol are investigating four crashes in eastern Colorado this morning, involving vehicles loaded with a total 42 suspected illegal immigrants.
At the same time, 31 other suspected illegal immigrants have been stopped in vans on the West Slope today.
— Sixteen people were in a 1995 Ford Econoline van that rolled at 6:35 a.m. on Colorado 6 near the junction of I-76 near Brush.
— A Chevrolet Suburban with 10 people on board rolled on an overpass at 7:11 a.m. on I-70 near Seibert.
— Four people in a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban escaped serious injury when they crashed on I-76 near Brush at 8:03 a.m.
— Twelve people were in a 1998 GMC van that rolled on I-76 near Brush at 8:19 a.m. There were no injuries.
Watkins also reported that state troopers stopped two other vehicles this morning on the West Slope.
The first was a 7:54 a.m. when troopers pulled over a Chevrolet Astro van for a traffic violation that was eastbound on I-70 near Glenwood Springs. There were 20 suspected illegal immigrants in the van.
The next was an hour later when they pulled over another Astro van that was eastbound on I-70 near Wolcott with 11 suspected illegal immigrants in the vehicle.
The incidents come a day after a vehicle carrying 17 suspected illegal immigrants overturned on I-70 a mile east of Byers. There were no injuries.