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I-70 lanes reopened in Glenwood Canyon after semi rollover

The Colorado State Patrol reopened both westbound lanes on I-70 and one eastbound lane after an extended closure from a semi-truck crash.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) reopened both westbound lanes and one eastbound lane on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon after an extended closure in both directions after a semi-truck crash. 

One lane eastbound will remain closed overnight until crews can remove the remainder of the wreckage in the morning.

CSP tweeted at 5:12 p.m. Wednesday that both directions of I-70 would be closed for an extended time between mileposts 116 (Glenwood Springs) and 133 (Dotsero). 

The driver was not injured, according to CSP.

Images provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) show the cab of the truck on its side in the westbound lanes and the trailer blocking the eastbound lanes. CSP said the truck was carrying cans of coffee. 

Speed is being investigated as a factor in the crash, CDOT said. 

You should check cotrip.org for travel information. 

Credit: CDOT
Credit: CDOT

A similar crash happened in the same location on Jan. 30.


The Colorado Department of 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 flaggers 

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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