Canyon accident sends one to hospital
GLENWOOD CANYON A seven-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate-70 for nearly three hours.A 12-year-old boy suffered a broken leg and was transported to Valley View Hospital. Two others suffered minor injuries.Colorado State Patrol Capt. Rich Duran said the accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. between the No Name and Grizzly Creek exits in Glenwood Canyon. A Ford Explorer pulling a Honda on a car dolley was driving too fast for the snowy conditions and lost control, eventually blocking one of the eastbound lanes. The female driver was cited with a traffic violation, but her identity wasnt immediately available.Other vehicles were unable to stop before hitting the scene of the accident. The next was a 2009 Nissan Murano, followed by a 1999 GMC, a 2001 Jeep Cherokee, a 2004 Subaru station wagon, a 2003 Peterbuilt tractor without a trailer and finally a 2006 Freightliner semitrailer.The occupants of the first vehicle got out and walked to the median. A mother and two kids got out of the second vehicle and were starting to walk to the median when the third vehicle struck them, causing the 12-year-old-boys broken leg, Duran said.Duran said the broken leg was the most serious injury. The accidents blocked the road until about 7:25 p.m., he said.Four different tow companies helped us clear that scene along with CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation) using their tow truck from the Hanging Lake Tunnel, Duran said. I appreciate the patience of people that were delayed during the accident. That always helps us out.Duran said the CSP has responded to many accidents in the past few days. There were some trouble spots near Parachute where several vehicles ran off the road plus some accidents on Highway 82 and other parts of I-70. He said most were due to people driving too fast for the winter conditions.We would appreciate it if they would slow down a little bit, Duran said.Duran said its not necessarily true that drivers crash a lot during the first few snow storms and then adjust to winter driving. Last winter people seemed to crash at about the same rate throughout the season.Contact Pete Fowler: firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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