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March 18, 2013
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Semi-truck crash closes I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

Holiday travelers weren't feeling so lucky Sunday evening as a semi-truck crash closed Interstate 70 westbound in Glenwood Canyon for about four hours. There were only minor injuries suffered in the crash, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Just before 3 p.m., 63-year-old Eiichi Hayashi, of Minnesota, was traveling westbound in Glenwood Canyon when he lost control of his tractor-trailer, which was hauling steel pipe. The semi rolled and blocked both lanes of traffic. One westbound lane was opened just after 7 p.m. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Westbound traffic was diverted at Dotsero and turned around toward Gypsum since there is no direct alternate route to Glenwood Springs.

The Colorado State Patrol hazardous materials team responded to the scene to investigate a diesel fuel leakage, but it is believed that no hazardous materials entered the waterway.

The Eagle County Sheriff's Office, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department and the Colorado Department of Transportation responded to the scene with the Colorado State Patrol. Blaine Ward Towing is recovering the vehicle.

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The Post Independent Updated Mar 18, 2013 01:23AM Published Mar 18, 2013 01:21AM Copyright 2013 The Post Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.