Horse injured in Glenwood Canyon crash that closed I-70 |

Horse injured in Glenwood Canyon crash that closed I-70

Colorado State Patrol posted this photo of the crash Wednesday in Glenwood Canyon to its Twitter page.

A horse was injured but the driver came away unhurt after her pickup truck and horse trailer rig wrecked on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon Wednesday afternoon.

The wreck happened about 2 p.m. Wednesday 9 miles east of Glenwood Springs, and caused a three-hour closure of the eastbound lanes while the horse was tended to and transported to a veterinary clinic in Glenwood Springs.

First responders received multiple 911 calls about the accident. Colorado State Patrol reported the crash involved a late-model Honda pickup towing a horse trailer being driven by a 31-year-old female from Grand Junction.

CSP Trooper Jacob Best said the driver failed to negotiate a corner, causing the vehicle to skid and the single-horse trailer to overturn.

“We implemented a safety closure because it was on a blind curve, and blocking multiple lanes,” Best said. Eastbound I-70 was closed at the main Glenwood Springs exit until just after 5 p.m.

The driver of the rig was uninjured in the crash. However, the horse was injured and had to be stabilized by emergency responders in the trailer, while a vet was called out from Glenwood Springs, Best said.

Glenwood Veterinary Clinic responded to the scene, calming and medicating the horse, while Gypsum Fire and other units on scene extricated the horse from the trailer.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife also responded to the accident with a trailer, and transported the horse from the scene back to the vet office in Glenwood for further treatment.

Other agencies involved included Colorado Department of Transportation and the Garfield County Sheriffs Office.