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Westbound I-70 back open after semi-truck crash

The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed at Exit 133 due to a crash in Glenwood Canyon Sunday morning.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Westbound lanes of Interstate 70 reopened Sunday afternoon after a semi-truck crash in Glenwood Canyon, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

The westbound lanes on interstate 70 were closed between Exit 133: Dotsero and Exit 129: Bair Ranch (Dotsero), according to CDOT's website. They reopened at 1:25 p.m.

CDOT first posted about the crash on its website around 10 a.m. At that time injuries from the crash were unknown. 

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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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