Pileup closes I-70 in Glenwood Canyon
Ryan Summerlin January 24, 2010
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Six people were hurt in multiple crashes involving 20 vehicles Saturday afternoon on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon. The pileup shut down the eastbound lanes for four hours, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Westbound traffic was reduced to one lane near the accident scene for about an hour.
The crashes occurred at about 4:35 p.m. near the Bair Ranch Rest Area, on the east end of the canyon. A trooper was investigating two separate crashes involving six vehicles when other vehicles began colliding behind him, according to the state patrol. Twenty vehicles, including three semi-tractor trailers, were involved.
Among the injured motorists, one woman got out of her vehicle after an initial collision and was struck by another vehicle. She suffered a broken pelvis, according to the patrol. The other injured parties were treated for minor injuries and released from Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
The pileup remains under investigation. No citations were detailed in a state patrol press release.
Responding to the crash along with the state patrol were the Colorado Department of Transportion, Western Eagle County Ambulance District, Eagle County Fire, Big Steve’s Towing and Lucas Towning. The Glenwood Springs Police Department and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, as well as CDOT, assisted with the road closure.
The patrol reminds motorists to slow down when driving conditions are poor.