Accident closes I-70 in Glenwood Canyon |

Accident closes I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

Post Independent Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Contributed photoA semi-trailer hauling pipe overturned in Glenwood Canyon Saturday at mile marker 124, west of the Hanging Lake Tunnel, causing three injuries. Traffic was blocked in both directions for several hours.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A semi-trailer rolled over on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon Saturday afternoon, injuring three people and closing the interstate in both directions for several hours.

The accident occured at about 1:40 p.m. when the trailer, loaded with 20 lengths of steel pipe, rolled taking a right curve. The vehicle was driven by Anthony Monk, 54, of Aurora.

The semi rolled on its driver’s side, struck the bridge railing and came to rest blocking both westbound lanes, according to a Colorado State Patrol press release. Seven eastbound vehicles hit the pipes blocking those lanes. Three people were injured; they were taken to Valley View Medical Center in Glenwood for treatment. The extent of their injuries was not known.

Speed may have been a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation, according to the patrol. Monk was served with a summons to appear in Garfield County Court on three counts of careless driving, caused bodily injury and spilling of a load on a highway.

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