Semi crash closes I-70 near Rifle |

Semi crash closes I-70 near Rifle

As snow continued to fall all day in and around Glenwood Springs, traffic accidents were as common as snowflakes.”I’ll bet between Glenwood Springs and Parachute there were 50 accidents today, but nothing major,” said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario, about 5 p.m. Friday afternoon.While the majority were simple fender-benders and none involved serious injury, one hazardous materials spill caused Interstate 70 to be closed in both directions between the Rulison and west Rifle exits around 4:30 p.m., Vallario said.A semi slid off the highway near Rifle and rolled on to the median. Crude oil was leaking from the truck but it was unclear whether the oil was from the engine or the tanker, Vallario said.Traffic was diverted to U.S. Highway 6&24 and was moving smoothly at 4:30 p.m. “I imagine with rush hour traffic it’s going to slow down,” said Gayla Berry with the Rifle Police Department.Earlier in the day several trucks “were slipping and sliding on Webster Hill” between Rulison and Parachute, Vallario said.

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