Fatal crash near Silt closes I-70 westbound; CSP trooper also injured
August 16, 2017
A multi-vehicle fatal crash blocked westbound Interstate 70 traffic near Silt on Wednesday afternoon. A Colorado State Patrol trooper was transported to the hospital with minor injuries as a result.
The trooper had a vehicle pulled over on westbound I-70 when another vehicle crashed into it. One person in the car that had been pulled over was killed. Details on the fatality and other occupants of these vehicles were not immediately available.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said the wreck was called in at about 5:27 p.m. A Garfield County alert indicated that westbound traffic was completely blocked at mile marker 97 and eastbound traffic was down to one lane.
Information about other possible injuries was not immediately available.
CSP does not yet have an estimate on when the westbound lanes will be reopened, and Tracy Trulove, Colorado Department of Transportation Region 3 communications manager, said it could be a lengthy closure.