Accident closes I-70 for hours |

Accident closes I-70 for hours

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GLENWOOD CANYON, Colorado ” A semi-trailer accident on Interstate 70 near milepost 124 injured three and caused the westbound lanes to be closed for almost 5 hours Saturday afternoon. The accident occured around 1:40 p.m. when the trailer, loaded with 20 lengths of steel pipe, rolled taking a right curve on the interstate. The vehicle was driven by Anthony Monk, 54, of Aurora.

The semi rolled on its driver’s side, struck the bridge railing and came to rest blocking both westbound lanes according to a Colorado State Patrol press release. Seven eastbound vehicles hit the pipes blocking those lanes causing the interstate to be closed for about 3 hours. The three people who were injured were taken to Valley View Medical Center to be treated. The extent of the injuries is not yet known.

Speed may have been a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation. Monk was served with a summons to appear in Garfield County Court for three counts of careless driving, caused bodily injury and spilling of a load on highway.

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