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Truck crash closes I-70 for 31⁄2 hours

A tractor trailer crash closed Interstate 70 for 31⁄2 hours Monday evening.

The truck was travelling westbound and struck a large rock in the road, resulting in undercarriage damage and rupture of the fuel lines, according to Colorado State Patrol. No other vehicles were involved in the accident at milepost 124.

The 2012 Kenworth, driven by Johnny Boyett Paul, 33, of San Augustine, Texas, continued in the right lane for 667 feet before coming to a controlled stop.



About 75 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the roadway. No waterway was affected, the State Patrol said.

Westbound I-70 was closed at 5:04 p.m. at Hanging Lake Tunnel and at Dotsero and was reopened at 8:34 p.m. after crews were able to clean up the diesel spill and remove the tractor trailer.



The driver and his passenger were not injured in the crash.

State Patrol investigated the crash. Also responding were Colorado Department of Transportation, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Glenwood Springs Fire Department and State Patrol Hazardous Materials Unit.


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