Weather causes multiple accidents near Glenwood Wednesday afternoon

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The snowy weather caused close to a dozen accidents within about a three-hour period Wednesday afternoon.

According to Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Rich Armstrong, Troopers responded to 11 auto accidents between 3 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, on sections of Interstate 70 and Highway 82.

“We’ve been pretty busy,” Armstrong said.

However, of all the accidents, Armstrong reported only two people sustained injuries.

One of the injured, was Candido Charros, 41, a semi-truck driver from California, and another unidentified female who was a passenger in another vehicle.

According to Armstrong, Charros was driving in the right-hand eastbound lane of on I-70 about 3 p.m. when Roger Duroux, 51, of Woodland Park, lost control of his 2004 Ford Explorer near mile marker 120 and slammed into the concrete barrier on the drivers side, sending the Explorer careening into the path of the semi-truck.

Charros was unable to stop the semi in time and slammed into the passenger side of the Explorer. Charros, and the passenger of the Explorer were transported to Valley View Hospital for injuries. The extent of those injures were unknown.

That accident caused State Troopers to close the eastbound lanes of I-70 for about an hour.

While crews worked to clear that accident, Armstrong said that Troopers responded to five minor single car accidents on the westbound lanes of I-70. However, only minor single-lane closures occurred from those accidents, and no injuries were reported.

Armstrong also reported that Troopers responded to five more accidents between Highway 133 and mile marker 15 on Highway 82, about the same time Troopers were busy with the I-70 accidents.

Those accidents resulted in damaged vehicles only, and no injuries were reported.

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