I-70 accident near Silt prompts airlift | PostIndependent.com

I-70 accident near Silt prompts airlift

Reader Robert Blackmon took this photo at the accident scene Monday night.
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The semi-truck driver who was airlifted from the scene of an accident on Interstate 70 on Monday night after a lengthy extraction was released from the hospital but later returned for observation, according to Silt Police Chief Levy Burris.

The accident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Monday, when the semi, which was hauling bottled water, sideswiped a pickup that had broken down near the exit ramp to Silt. The driver of the pickup was not in the vehicle at the time and was able to get clear, but the semi driver was pinned in his vehicle after he overcorrected and the semi rolled onto its side.

It took 45 minutes to free him from the cab, prompting crews to send for a medical helicopter.

Traffic was closed westbound at mile marker 96 from 8 to 10 p.m. and eastbound traffic was delayed while the helicopter landed.

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