30 vehicles involved in two accidents in Glenwood Canyon
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Colorado State Patrol was busy cleaning up more than 30 vehicles involved in two accidents, closing both directions of Interstate 70 for close to two hours Thursday night.
But, with all the vehicle damage, only two people were taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with minor injures.
According to Sgt. Richard Armstrong of the Colorado State Patrol, taking the people to the hospital was more of a precautionary measure.
“From what I understand, the injuries were minor,” Armstrong said. “Throughout this whole thing we were pretty blessed that everybody got out fairly unscathed.”
A semitrailer going eastbound around the corner near I-70 exit 123 lost control and jackknifed about 5:20 p.m., two miles west of the Hanging Lake Tunnel, between the Hanging Lake and Grizzly Creek exits.
“It shut down everything,” said Armstrong.
Armstrong said approximately 20 to 25 vehicles, including other tractor-trailers and cars, were involved in multiple accidents attempting to avoid crashing into the jackknifed semi.
Weather and people driving too fast for conditions were the cause of the accident, Armstrong said.
The left eastbound lane was reopened about 7:15 p.m. to allow traffic to flow. Crews were still on scene removing vehicles as of 9 p.m., but Armstrong estimated that the other lane would reopen by 10 p.m.
At the same location, but on the westbound I-70 lanes, a five-car accident happened while crews worked on getting the eastbound lanes open.
“It was pretty much the same as the first crash happened,” Armstrong said. No semitrailers were involved in that accident. And Armstrong said that the cars involved received minor property damage and that no one reported any injuries.
Snow-slick roads also led to a closure of eastbound Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon at Glenwood Springs from 7:23 a.m. until about 9:26 a.m.
Contact John Gardner: 384-9114
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