I-70 eastbound reopens at main Rifle exit following fiery vehicle rollover | PostIndependent.com

I-70 eastbound reopens at main Rifle exit following fiery vehicle rollover

Staff report
Rifle police is rerouting traffic from I-70 exit going east.
Natuza Olen / Post Independent

Winter weather made for some treacherous driving conditions along Interstate 70 and other area highways Thursday morning.

According to a public information officer with Colorado State Patrol (CSP), a crash involving six vehicles occurred at mile marker 94 on I-70 near Rifle at 7:56 a.m. Thursday.

Of those vehicles, one rolled over and caught on fire, CSP confirmed. One of the drivers, a 29-year-old male, suffered serious injuries as a result of the wreck and was transported to a nearby hospital.

CSP said the same 29-year-old driver was at fault, but could not comment further regarding the exact cause of the crash. Several witnesses said the vehicle was westbound and slid through the median into the eastbound lanes, causing the accident.

No fatalities or other injuries were reported.

As a result of the crash, I-70 was closed at mile marker 90, the main Rifle exit for about an hour and a half Thursday morning. According to CSP, all lanes of traffic reopened at 9:33 a.m.

Several other minor wrecks in the area were also reported. For updated traffic alerts visit cotrip.org.

mabennett@postindependent.com