Overturned semi closes eastbound I-70
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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