Rockfall causes truck wreck, closing I-70 |

Rockfall causes truck wreck, closing I-70

Weekend Interstate 70 traffic in the Glenwood Springs area was halted for the second time in two days Sunday by a truck accident.

Struck on its right front wheel by a 2- to 3-foot diameter rock, a westbound 2003 Freightliner wrecked at mile marker 112 in South Canyon at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

The truck, which was traveling in the right lane, lost control and went off the right side of the road, hitting an embankment and overturning onto its left side.

The accident caused the truck’s load to spill out of the top. The load was a liquid substance called Johnson Polymer, being carried in 30-gallon containers. About 10 of the containers broke open, causing the substance to spill onto the highway. However, the substance was determined to be nonhazardous.

None of the substance got into the Colorado River, a Colorado Department of Transportation employee at the Hanging Lake Tunnels said.

Traffic was closed in both directions by the wreck. Eastbound lanes were reopened at 4 p.m., and westbound lanes remained closed until 6:30 p.m. Traffic in town remained backed up until at least 8 p.m.

Westbound traffic was to remain restricted to one lane until the truck was removed.

The truck is owned by Martin Transport of Ardmore, Okla. The driver, 61-year-old Johnnie Edward Martin of Jactin, Mo., was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with moderate injuries to the back, left shoulder and head.

He won’t be charged in the incident, the State Patrol reported.

A truck that jackknifed at the Bair Ranch exit of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon caused a multi-vehicle accident Saturday morning and closed eastbound lanes of I-70 for about five hours. Westbound lanes were unaffected.

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