The following information is in reference to a SIMULATED incident taking place in Mesa County. This is only a drill. More information about this drill can be found here.
Four people died and 11 were injured in the accident on I-70 Tuesday morning. Six of the injured were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, three were taken to Community Hospital and two were taken to the VA Medical Center.
Names of the injured have been released:
- John Pugliese, 35. He suffered second degree burns and is currently being treated at St. Mary’s Hospital.
- Charlie Taylor, 36. He suffered second degree burns and is currently being treated at St. Mary’s Hospital.
- Bobby Taylor, 12. He is the son of Charlie Taylor and also suffered second degree burns. He is currently being treated at St. Mary’s Hospital.
- Amber Taylor, 14. She is the daughter of Charlie Taylor and suffered second and third degree burns, as well as a spinal cord injury. She is still at St Mary’s Hospital.
- Melissa Taylor, 34. She is the wife of Charlie Taylor and the mother of Bobby and Amber Taylor. She also suffered second degree burns.
- Jim Henderson, 26. He was taken to Community Hospital, was treated for minor injuries and was released.
- Sarah Henderson, 24. She was taken to Community Hospital with her husband, Jim, and was also treated for minor injuries and released.
- Billy Henderson, 5. He is the son of Sarah and Jim Henderson and was also taken to Community Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and was released.
- Jack Johnson, 30, was taken to the VA Medical Center after he was startled by the crash and fell 30 feet off a building. He was stabilized at the VA and transported to Denver for further care.
- Maria Archuleta, 23, was taken to Community Hospital after she went into active labor at the accident scene. She delivered the baby without complication at the VA Medical Center and was released Tuesday evening.
Updated information will be posted at www.mesacountyjic.com throughout the duration of this incident. Please check this website often to get the latest information. You can also enter your email address on the website to receive email notifications anytime new information is posted.
People in Mesa County can also dial 211 from a landline phone or 970-244-8400 from a mobile phone for the latest information on this incident.
There may be times during critical incidents when first responders need to contact you directly during the emergency. To register your phone number, mobile device and/or email with the Mesa County Emergency Notification System so that you can receive notifications from the 911 dispatch center during critical incidents please visit www.gjcity.org/EmergencyNotifications.