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I-70 back open through Glenwood Canyon after semi-truck crash

The crash near the Hanging Lake exit involved a westbound semi in the eastbound lanes, according to authorities.

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. — Interstate 70 reopened early Saturday morning in Glenwood Canyon after a rollover crash involving a semi near the Hanging Lake exit.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) said the crash happened in the eastbound lanes. The westbound lanes were closed for a while as well for emergency vehicle access.

The closure was from the Dotsero exit all the way to U.S. 6 Canyon Creek (one mile east of the New Castle area), according to CDOT. 

I-70 fully reopened after midnight Saturday after the the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) said the eastbound lanes could be closed for a minimum of 12 hours for cleanup.

The crash involved a semi truck that was going west in the westbound lanes, crossed into the eastbound lanes and then crashed, according to CSP. The driver was extricated and transported to a hospital. CSP said.

The semi was briefly on fire, and gas spilled on the interstate, according to CSP. Another vehicle was hit by debris. There were no other injuries, CSP said.

During the closure, the agency recommended the following detour for people headed to and from the Denver metro area:

  •  Eastbound motorists should turn east onto U.S. 40 at Rifle and travel north on CO 13 to Craig, then turn east on U.S. 40 toward Kremmling. From there, drivers can take CO 9 to Silverthorne and rejoin I-70.
  • Westbound motorists can take the route in the opposite direction.

CDOT asked that drivers not use Cottonwood Pass Road, Hagerman Pass, Eagle/Thomasville Road or any other county or forest service roads in the area as a detour because they aren't built for heavy traffic or commercial vehicles. 

Closure updates were posted to cotrip.org.

❗️TRAVEL ALERT | ROAD CLOSED, ALTERNATE ROUTE ADVISED – I-70 Eastbound Glenwood Canyon❗️ [1:30 PM (Friday 5/28/2021)]...

Posted by Colorado Department of Transportation on Friday, May 28, 2021

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