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Motorcyclist injured in Interstate 70 accident near Silt

SILT — The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a crash involving a pickup truck towing a trailer and a motorcycle on Interstate 70 Monday afternoon that resulted in serious injuries to the motorcyclist and a partial closure of I-70 for about 90 minutes.

According to the State Patrol, the accident occurred at about 3:34 p.m. Monday near Silt, when an eastbound Dodge Ram towing a trailer and driven by Weston Blackie, 29, of Arvada, skidded out of control on the rain-slick roadway. It was raining heavily at the time of the crash.

The truck and trailer crossed through the median and across the westbound lanes of I-70. The trailer become unhitched and collided with a westbound BMW motorcycle being ridden by a 46-year-old man from Hampden, Maine, according to the accident report.

The trailer overturned onto the motorcycle, and the rider was injured when he was ejected onto the roadway. He was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs and later was flown to Denver Health with life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.

The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. His name is being withheld until his family is notified of the accident.

Neither Blackie nor his passenger, Natalia Blackie, 36, were injured in the crash, and both were wearing seatbelts.

Weston Blackie was cited for careless driving. The right lane of westbound I-70 was closed from about 3:48 p.m. until 5:16 p.m. as a result of the accident, but the left lane remained open.


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