Seafood truck rollover closes I-70 through canyon |

Seafood truck rollover closes I-70 through canyon

A truck carrying seafood wrecked on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon Monday morning, closing the freeway for several hours and snarling traffic.

The truck was rounding a curve in the westbound lanes at milepost 123 near Shoshone, when the driver lost control and rolled onto the eastbound lanes at about 8:20 a.m., said Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks.

According to a Colorado State Patrol press release, the truck collided with the concrete median barrier and drove onto the barrier for about 35 feet before falling off the viaduct and onto the eastbound lanes below, blocking traffic.

The truck landed upside down, prompting the Colorado State Patrol to close only the eastbound lanes of I-70 until about 11:15 a.m. Traffic was diverted into Glenwood Springs at Exit 116.

Snow was falling in Glenwood Canyon, and the road was snow-covered and very slick at the time of the accident. The driver, Lajuan D. Simmons, 28, of Aurora, was not injured, but was cited for careless driving.

Simmons was carrying fish for the Seattle Fish Co. destined for various locations throughout Eagle and Garfield counties. The fish remained in the truck, according to the press release.

Almost immediately after authorities reopened I-70, a dump truck broke down in the eastbound lanes, requiring officials to close one lane, snarling traffic once again until about 12:30 p.m., Shanks said.

CDOT reported that the freeway remained wet and slushy Wednesday afternoon. Westbound lanes were not effected by the closures.

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