Rockfall causes another accident |

Rockfall causes another accident

For the second time in less than three days, falling rock has caused a truck wreck that closed Interstate 70 in the Glenwood Springs area.

Passage through Glenwood Canyon was blocked early Sunday morning after a truck collided with a large boulder in the middle of the westbound lanes and went airborne, landing in the eastbound lanes.

The truck’s driver was treated for a broken left arm and for cuts and abrasions on much of his body, and released from Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

On Halloween night Thursday, a large boulder tumbled down in South Canyon. A truck ran over it, veered out of control and rolled onto its side. Its driver was not injured.

Sunday’s accident occurred at about 4:50 a.m. near milepost 124, about eight miles east of Glenwood Springs. The semi was being driven by Richard Sherman, 55, of Westminster, Colo.

It ran through the concrete median divider and flew about 50 feet before coming to rest on its left side in the eastbound lanes.

The accident closed eastbound I-70 for several hours.

The trailer was half-loaded with miscellaneous produce items, and they were scattered across eastbound lanes.

No debris went into the river, which remains littered for miles with furniture, boxes and other debris spilled in another Glenwood Canyon truck wreck about a month ago. Cleanup for that project is getting under way despite lingering questions over who will pay it for it.

While high speed was blamed in that accident, which killed the driver, Sherman was traveling about 45 mph in a 50-mph zone. Alcohol is not suspected to be involved in the accident.

Each winter, freeze-thaw weather cycles cause rocks to loosen and fall onto I-70 on the canyons east and west of Glenwood. One such incident in South Canyon took the life of a 7-year-old boy Jan. 14.

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