Truck wreck closes canyon |

Truck wreck closes canyon

The wreck of a truck carrying toys brought travel on Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon to a standstill for Sunday travelers.

The accident occurred at about 11:34 a.m. when a semitrailer driven by Margaret Stewart, 35, of Lexington, Ky., lost control at milepost 123, by the Shoshone Power Plant.

The westbound 1999 Freightliner tractor, which was pulling a box trailer hauling toys, was in the left lane when it ran off the left side of the road and struck a guardrail, according to the Colorado State Patrol. It then slid across the road, jackknifed and hit the right guardrail, then swerved back across the road and struck the left guardrail again.

It traveled on the guardrail for 92 feet, sending metal debris from the guardrail onto the eastbound lanes.

A 1988 Honda Accord driven by Jerry Bixby, 28, of Delta, hit the debris while heading east, and came to a controlled stop on the shoulder facing east, the State Patrol reported.

No injuries were reported in either crash.

The incident caused eastbound I-70 to be closed until 2:30 p.m. and westbound I-70 to be closed until 3:30 p.m. At that point, the right westbound lane was reopened. However, the left lane was to remain closed until the guardrail could be repaired, and westbound traffic was still backed up and moving slowly as of early evening.

Stewart was issued a summons for reckless driving.

The State Patrol reminds motorists to slow down when adverse conditions exist and to allow for unexpected changes in road conditions.

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