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.
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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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