GEORGETOWN, Colorado — All westbound lanes of Interstate 70 reopened after a couple of crashes had closed two sections of the interstate.
Colorado State Patrol (CSP) tweeted the reopening of the westbound lanes around 11 a.m., Thursday.
At about 7:24 a.m., CSP responded to a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, Master Trooper Gary Cutler told 9NEWS. The crash resulted in a fatality, Cutler said.
A hazmat team also responded to the scene to clean up a fuel spill in the area, Cutler said. CSP did not have information immediately available about the parties involved in the crash.
The westbound lanes were fully closed between Empire Junction and CR 381.
They were also fully closed due to a separate crash between Beaver Brook and Floyd Hill. At the Beaver Brook exit, all traffic was being turned around and sent back Denver, according to a tweet from CSP.
Drivers are still urged to use caution due to the winter driving conditions. Chain and traction laws are in effect.
Snow began falling in Colorado's High Country overnight and snow will continue to fall Thursday morning.
Winter Weather Advisories are in effect until noon Thursday for higher elevations. Four to eight inches of snow could fall in the mountains above 9,000 feet.
WEATHER LINE 9: Updated weather forecast information at 303-871-1492.
Keep up with the latest road conditions here:
Colorado chain and traction laws
The CDOT urged travelers to be aware of chain and traction law codes before heading out on the roadway:
- Code 18/Commercial Chain Law: Commercial vehicles and trucks must have chains. Vehicles without chains can often lose traction, causing traffic delays and sometimes road closures. For the safety of the traveling public, it's critical to use chains to comply with Colorado's chain law.
- Code 15/Passenger Traction Law: All passenger vehicles must have appropriate all-weather tires with 3/16-inch depth. Vehicles must have one of the following: winter tires, tires with mud/snow (M+S) designation, chains or alternative traction devices such as an autosock. 4WD and AWD vehicles must have winter tires or all-weather tires.
- Code 16/Passenger Chain Law: All passenger vehicles need chains, except for 4WD and AWD vehicles with all-weather tires with 3/16-inch tread depth.
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