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Publish Date: 5/21/2005

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A helicopter departs carrying a victim from a rollover accident Friday on Interstate 25, a mile south of the Colo. Highway 119 exit. After treatment for his injuries, driver Alberto Miranda, 23, was taken to the Weld County Jail. He faces charges of careless driving resulting in injury, driving without a license and driving without insurance, according to the Colorado State Patrol.<Times-Call/Richard M. Hackett

Driver arrested following rollover
Truck flips twice on I-25; Thornton man didn’t have license


DEL CAMINO — A Thornton man was arrested Friday afternoon after the pickup truck he was driving rolled on Interstate 25, injuring his two brothers and two other men.

Two of the men riding in the silver Ford F-350 were thrown from the truck as it flipped twice and then landed on its roof a mile south of the Longmont exit at Colo. Highway 119 at about 11:45 a.m. Another man was trapped in the crushed cab and had to be extricated by firefighters.

The accident backed up traffic on the interstate for miles in both directions.

Javier Miranda, 21 — one of the driver’s brothers — and Misael Sanchez, 21, were flown by separate helicopters to Denver hospitals. Their conditions were unknown Friday night. A third man, Jose Elmitano, 18, was in stable condition at Longmont United Hospital.

Driver Alberto Miranda, 23, and his brother Victorino Miranda, 19, suffered minor injuries. The Colorado State Patrol said all of the men were wearing seat belts and the truck was traveling at about the speed limit at the time of the crash.

“What I saw was a truck going end over end,” said Dale Petefish of Walden, who was driving north and stopped at the accident scene. “We saw two guys go flying out.”

After treatment for his injuries, Alberto Miranda was taken to the Weld County Jail. He faces three counts of careless driving resulting in injury, one count of driving without a license and one count of driving without insurance, the state patrol said.

Troopers said Alberto Miranda lost control while changing lanes, started to spin to the left, hit the grassy median, twisted back to the right, then began rolling along the median.

The five men work for a mobile car-washing service, J&M Steam Cleaning of Denver and Salt Lake City.

Mac McTavish, a Utah-based manager for the company, said Alberto Miranda should not have been driving the truck if he lacked a license. But McTavish said the company carries proper insurance on the vehicle.

“I don’t know how that happened,” McTavish said. “If he does not have a license, he should not have been behind the wheel.”

Firefighters and paramedics from Frederick-Firestone and Mountain View fire protection districts performed the rescues.

Trevor Hughes can be reached at 303-684-5220, or by e-mail at thughes@times-call.com.

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