Eastbound I-70 closed for five hours by jackknifed semi | PostIndependent.com

Eastbound I-70 closed for five hours by jackknifed semi

GLENWOOD CANYON A semitrailer jackknifed just east of the Bair Ranch exit on Saturday morning, causing a multi-vehicle accident and closing the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon for about five hours.According to Travis McGee of the Colorado Department of Transportations Hanging Lake facility, the accident occurred at 9 a.m. when the truck jackknifed. Another semitrailer and a car, also eastbound, were involved in the mishap as well. McGee said one person was taken to Valley View Hospital with minor injuries.The names of the drivers and occupants of the vehicles were not available. McGee said CDOT closed I-70s eastbound lanes at milepost 116, the main Glenwood Springs exit. Those lanes reopened about 2 p.m., once the wreckage was removed from the accident site. Dozens of semitrailers headed east were parked from the Riverbend rest stop east of New Castle to the Glenwood Springs rest area on the Colorado River between the West Glenwood and Glenwood Springs exits. Trucks also lined Highway 6&24 south and parallel of I-70, in West Glenwood. Glenwood Canyons westbound lanes were unaffected during the accident and clean-up and remained open throughout the day. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.com

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