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Ramps to eastbound I-70 in Denver reopen after trash truck crash

Both north and southbound I-25 off ramps to eastbound I-70 were closed for hours as crews worked to right trash truck Monday.

DENVER — Ramps to eastbound Interstate 70 through the heart of Denver reopened after a crash forced it closed for hours on Monday.

The single-vehicle crash, which was first reported at 9:11 a.m. Monday, involved a trash truck, according to Denver Police Department (DPD).

The accident occurred just before the North Washington Street exit.

Both northbound and southbound I-25 off ramps were closed to eastbound I-70 as crews work to right trash truck.

The driver of the trash truck was transported to the hospital, according to the Denver Fire Department (DFD).

The ramps were back open just after 3 p.m.

Credit: Denver Fire Department

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Tweets on the latest road conditions:

Colorado Department of Public Transportation (CDOT) provides these tips for safe driving in Colorado:

  • Expect the unexpected
  • Slow down
  • Don't tailgate
  • Be aware of emergency crews
  • Heed signs
  • Obey flagger
  • Stay alert and minimize distractions
  • Keep with the traffic flow
  • Plan your drive
  • Be patient and stay calm

It is also important to be aware of emergency vehicles.

Colorado's Move Over Law requires drivers to move over a lane when there’s an emergency situation along the shoulder. If the driver can’t move over, they must slow down significantly to avoid an accident. 

The law was implemented in 2005 and strengthened in 2020. A CDOT news release states: "The updated law stipulates that if a driver is unable to move at least one lane away from the stationary emergency vehicle, the driver must slow down to at least 25 miles per hour on roadways with a speed limit below 45 miles per hour. On roadways with speed limits 45 miles per hour or more, motorists must slow down to 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit. Drivers that fail to slow down or move over commit the crime of careless driving, a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense that can result in up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $300."

CDOT recommends people check COtrip.org to find out about  road conditions, construction zones, and traffic alerts.

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