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Trucker in intensive care after I-70 rollover near Wolcott

Dustin RacioppiVail correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyA semi-trailer rollover tied up traffic on westbound Interstate 70 near Wolcott on Tuesday.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. A driver for a Grand Junction supply company was being treated in the trauma unit at Vail Valley Medical Center after surviving a rollover on Interstate 70 near Wolcott Tuesday afternoon, according to Colorado State Patrol.Trooper Steve Nofziger said the man, whose identity was not released, was speeding westbound on the interstate at about 1:46 p.m. when he lost control of the tractor-trailer he was driving for Western Slope Iron & Supply.With the vehicle swerving, the trailer carrying I-beams went to the right and the cab he was driving veered to the left, resulting in the crash, Nofziger said. The I-beams and steel were scattered on the highway; the red cab looked like a crumpled accordian. The driver was taken to the medical center.Hes lucky to be alive, Nofziger said.No other motorists were hurt in the accident. The interstate was closed for about three and a half hours.

At about the same time as the trailer accident, people driving over Vail Pass were having difficulty navigating black ice on the road.Trooper Eugene Hofacker responded to two minor accidents around 1 p.m. When he was heading back west on the interstate, at about 2 p.m., he saw a Ford van had flipped over and hit the guard rail. The driver wasnt hurt, though the van landed on its roof.He walked out of the vehicle as I rolled up on scene, Hofacker said.It wasnt until then that the Colorado Department of Transportation laid down magnesium chloride to pavement that was deceivingly slick, Hofacker said.It just looked a little wet, it didnt even look icy to an experienced driver, he said. For one oclock in the afternoon, it definitely caught people off guard.dracioppi@vaildaily.com

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