Crashes close I-70 near Silt for 3 hours |

Crashes close I-70 near Silt for 3 hours

Interstate 70 was closed for about three hours Sunday morning due to accidents just west of Silt.

At 5:30 a.m., four cars spun out and crashed while traveling east across the I-70 bridge at mile 96. There were no injuries reported.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, cars were not heeding Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies’ warnings to slow down while a trooper and Silt Police investigated the crashes. A 1991 Ford Escort, driven by Olga Galinda-Godinez, 43, of Parachute, spun out of control on the bridge. It continued out of control for 218 feet past the bridge and struck a trooper’s patrol car.

State Patrol then closed the road at 7:15 a.m., with the assistance of the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District.

After concluding the investigation, Colorado Department of Transportation personnel spread deicer on the bridge, and I-70 was reopened at 8:30 a.m.

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