UPDATE: Denver man dies after rollover crash on I-70

Saturday, October 6, 2012 | 1:01 p.m. CDT; updated 7:04 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 7, 2012

COLUMBIA — A Denver man died after being ejected from a truck during a rollover accident on eastbound Interstate 70 on Saturday morning.

Everett Watson, 62, was taken to University Hospital following the crash, where he was later pronounced dead. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

The driver, Linda Watson, 58, also of Denver, was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. She was wearing her seat belt, according to the release.

The truck, a 2001 Ford Ranger, was driving on the inside lane of I-70 near mile marker 131 when it swerved off and then back onto the road, which caused the truck to overturn several times, according to the release.

The truck caught fire as a result of the crash, Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief James Weaver said.

No charges have been filed, as the investigation is pending, according to the release.

Supervising editor is Alison Matas.

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