1 fatality from 104-car pileup on I-25 IDed as Oklahoma native
DENVER — The one person killed in Saturday’s 104-car pileup on I-25 was identified by the Denver County Coroner on Tuesday.
The coroner’s office identified that woman as Rebecca Newkirk, 61, of Stillwater, Oklahoma. There was no official word as of early Tuesday afternoon as to why Newkirk was in Colorado.
According to emergency scanner traffic, Newkirk’s car was the small, red hatchback that can been seen in the photo at the top of this story. The vehicle was found partially smashed against the interstate median and partially buried underneath a semi truck.
Newkirk was pronounced dead after shortly after the multi-vehicle wreck, which took place on I-25 between Broadway and University Boulevard around 11 a.m. Drivers reported whiteout conditions in the area at the time of the crash.
Many who made it out safely spoke about how amazing it was that more people weren’t killed or seriously hurt. Thirty were taken to hospitals, and the interstate was closed for five hours as police investigated.
As of Tuesday afternoon, no official cause of the accident had been determined.