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December 8, 2012
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Semi truck rolls in Glenwood Canyon

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - A Westminster truck driver was cited for careless driving after the semi truck he was driving rolled on westbound I-70 in Glenwood Canyon at 3 a.m. Friday, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Matthew Wilson, 37, was driving a 2012 Kenworth semi west on I-70, one mile east of the Hanging Lake Tunnel. On a sweeping curve, the truck struck the guardrail and rolled onto its right side, blocking both westbound lanes.

The trailer was damaged and spilled its load of empty plastic storage containers onto the roadway.

Both westbound lanes of the highway were closed for three hours for an investigation and to clean up the highway. One lane was reopened at 6 a.m. The truck was removed from the highway Friday afternoon, and both westbound lanes were reopened by 4 p.m. Friday, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Wilson was taken to Valley View Hospital for minor injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Driver fatigue may have been a factor in the accident, the state patrol reported.

The Gypsum Fire Department, Colorado Department of Transportation, Garfield County Sheriff's Office, and Big Steve's Towing assisted with clearing the accident from the highway.

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