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Pile-ups close Glenwood Canyon

A multi-car crash a mile west of Hanging Lake at 10 a.m. Thursday closed Interstate 70 in both directions for about an hour.

“It was icy,” said Colorado State Patrol Captain Scott Friend. The crash occurred on an icy curve.

Friend said motorists suffered minor injuries.



Ice conditions caused other accidents elsewhere in the canyon earlier in the morning, Friend said.

But the Hanging Lake pile-up, which included a jack-knifed semitrailer in the westbound lane, closed the canyon.



“It was a chain reaction,” Friend said. “People came around the corner and put on their brakes.”

A snowstorm that hit the area Wednesday evening was followed by clear overnight skies, icing roads throughout the area. The Hanging Lake area where the crashes occurred doesn’t receive much sun.

“Most of the accidents were the cause of vehicles traveling too fast for conditions,” Friend said.

Many of the wrecked vehicles were taken to I-70 rest areas for investigation.

The Colorado State Patrol was assisted by the Colorado Department of Transportation, and Gypsum/Eagle Fire Rescue crews.


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