Giant rocks hit I-70 in Glenwood Canyon |

Giant rocks hit I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Three giant boulders and lots of smaller rocks tumbled down from the walls of Glenwood Canyon at 8 a.m. Friday, blocking both lanes of Interstate 70.

One westbound vehicle was reportedly totalled, said Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks, but the woman driving it was not injured.

One car-sized boulder landed in the Colorado River, and the other two vaulted the westbound lanes and landed on the eastbound lanes of the highway, Shanks said.

Eastbound I-70 was closed for about 2.5 hours, reopening to one lane of traffic by 10:30 a.m.

Westbound I-70 was closed briefly while CDOT maintenance crews pulled rubble to one side of the roadway. It is now open for one lane of traffic.

The boulders fell from the north side of the canyon between Grizzly Creek and the Shoshone Power Plant.

The falling rock damaged about 1,000 feet of guardrail in the westbound lanes, Shanks said, and one rock put a 10-inch dent in the roadway.

Joe Elsen, CDOT program engineer and a recreational kayaker, said the rock that fell in the river landed in the eddy of the All-Day Wave, which is midway between the Wall and Tombstone rapids in Glenwood Canyon.

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