Crash clogs I-70 west of Glenwood
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Wreckage littered parts of both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 70 early Thursday morning after a four-vehicle accident west of Glenwood Springs.
The accident seriously injured one person and resulted in minor injuries to several others, according to the Colorado State Patrol. One driver involved in the accident fled the scene on foot.
The accident snarled the morning commute, slowing travel to a crawl and halting it completely at times, causing about a one-hour delay for some motorists trying to get to work.
The state patrol responded to the crash site ” a sharp curve just west of the Canyon Creek exit, at about 6:15 a.m. For a time, the wreck closed both westbound lanes of I-70 and blocked the left lane of eastbound I-70. Westbound traffic was diverted onto Highway 6.
According to the patrol, the pileup began when Gerald Reese of Parachute lost control of a GMC Sierra; it crossed into the center median and then collided, head-on, with an eastbound Saturn driven by David Tapia DeLucio of New Castle.
A passenger in the Saturn, whose name was not released late Thursday, was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with serious injuries, the state patrol said. Due to hospital confidentiality laws, the conditions of the victims were not available.
The Sierra bounced off the Saturn and collided with a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Stephen Huck of New Castle. The Sierra came to a stop and partially blocked the eastbound lanes, the patrol said.
The Saturn, meanwhile, rotated into the right lane of eastbound traffic, struck a 1996 Ford Windstar and came to a stop in the median. The driver of the Windstar, which slid out of control and came to rest in the left lane of eastbound I-70, fled the scene on foot, according to the patrol.
The crash remains under investigation.
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