Drugs, alcohol suspected in fatal wrong-way crash

Staff reports Updated: February 20, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: February 20, 2013

WESTMINSTER — Police suspect drugs or alcohol may have contributed to a fatal wrong way crash that kept a major Denver-area highway closed for much of the morning rush hour Wednesday.

U.S. Highway 36 was shut down for about five hours after a Ford sport utility vehicle crashed head on into an Acura coupe in Westminster. A man riding in the SUV died and three other people from both vehicles were taken to the hospital.

The deadly crash came a day after a new bus driver made a wrong turn into Denver's one-way, high-speed traffic lane during rush-hour traffic. The bus came to an abrupt stop and didn't cause any crashes.

Road signs are being changed to prevent something similar from happening again.

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