Four-time U.S. national cyclocross champion Steve Tilford died early Wednesday following a vehicle crash on I-70 near the Colorado/Utah border.
Salt Lake Tribune reports that the tragic events began with the first semi drifting off the road and then overcorrecting. It overturned, coming to rest on its side and blocking all eastbound lanes of the highway at mile marker 214.
Moments later, a Mercedes-Benz van plowed into and through the big rig’s trailer. Tilford, 57, of Topeka, Kansas, got out and was standing next his vehicle when a second semi crashed into the wreckage, striking and killing him.
Tilford began racing at age 14 and never stopped. He won numerous national titles in three disciplines and represented the US on several world championships teams. He is a member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.
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