Overturned semi closes eastbound I-70 | PostIndependent.com

Overturned semi closes eastbound I-70

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. PearsonRoy Coombs, with Traffic Control Specialists, waves a semi-tractor trailer, left, through one open lane on eastbound Interstate 70 past the wreck of another tractor trailer, which overturned in the left lane at 4 a.m. Friday. The driver, Richard Nestor, 41, was unharmed in the crash.

Traffic snarled in Glenwood Springs long before rush hour Friday, as vehicles struggled to merge onto eastbound Interstate 70 because of an accident early Friday morning.

A truck crashed as it passed through Glenwood Canyon, four miles east of Glenwood Springs around 4 a.m. Friday.

The truck was traveling eastbound in the left-hand lane and tipped as it rounded a left-hand curve. The tractor-trailer slid nearly 400 feet across the right lane and into the concrete guardrail, coming to rest in both lanes of eastbound traffic, according to a report from the Colorado State Patrol.

Colorado Department of Transportation crews had opened the right lane of eastbound I-70 around 7:15 a.m., then opened the left lane around 3 p.m., according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

But hat didn’t help Grand Avenue traffic, which was backed up to 15th Street at 4 p.m.

Richard Nestor, 41, of Sterling, was driving the truck. He was not injured.

Investigators suspect speed as the main contributor to the crash, and issued Nestor a summons for careless driving. Alcohol is not suspected, according to the CSP.

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