RIFLE WOMAN IDENTIFIED IN DEADLY ROLLOVER CRASH
Rifle—The woman who died in a rollover accident Wednesday afternoon near Silt was identified by the Garfield County Coroner’s office as 41 year old Melanie Baumert of Rifle. According to information from the Colorado State Patrol, Baumert was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected when her car rolled three times after she drifted into the median on westbound I-70. She was flown to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction with massive injuries but did not survive. Baumert’s 7 year old daughter was buckled up and sustained only minor injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Troopers have already ruled out alcohol or drug use.
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