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Andrea Porter Post IndependentWorkers from the Colorado Department of Transportation help motorists near the Hanging Lake Tunnels on westbound Interstate 70 after an accident Wednesday afternoon.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Seven people were transported to Valley View Hospital after a three-car accident closed westbound Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon Wednesday afternoon for about an hour.

Of the seven people, three had serious injuries, according to Colorado State Patrol. The other four had only minor injuries.

The accident occurred as Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews working on the Hanging Lake Tunnel lanes had to close down both lanes of traffic for a short period of time according to reports from the State Patrol. Upon reopening a single lane, one car that was stopped at the tunnel and just started to proceed was struck from behind by another vehicle. Another vehicle then struck that vehicle.

The two drivers who allegedly ran into the others both complained of not being able to see due to adverse sun conditions, according to the State Patrol.

PALISADE (AP) ” A seven-vehicle accident that occurred near Palisade, 11-miles east of Grand Junction, on Tuesday caused the death of Efrain Holguin, 43, of Rifle.

According to the CSP, Holguin was killed after the pickup he was a passenger in crashed into a guardrail on the westbound lanes of I-70 at which time Holguin got out and was struck by a Kia sedan.

The driver of the pickup which Holguin was the passenger was identified as Enrique Simental, of Espanola, New Mexico and was cited for careless driving causing bodily injury and failure to provide proof of insurance, according to State Troopers.

Two other people were taken to area hospitals including the driver of the Kia sedan, Laura Ramsey, 36, of Las Animas. But the extent of their injuries or their current conditions were not known.

Authorities say three more crashes stemming from the first two collisions occurred shortly thereafter.

DEBEQUE ” An energy industry worker’s leg was crushed at a Chevron drill rig site north of DeBeque Wednesday morning.

A call about the accident aired around 8:20 a.m. The worker was an employee of subcontractor Elkhorn Construction and was reportedly injured by a forklift and flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Elkhorn spokesman Wally Jones said, “We had an injury this morning to one of our employees. Our primary focus at this time is his medical attention and his well-being.”

The person’s injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Jones said, “He’s going to be OK. He’s in stable condition. He’s awake and talking to his family and to the doctors and nurses.”

More information could not be released because the accident is under investigation, Jones said.

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