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More trucks attempt Independence Pass

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A semi overturned near a switchback on the east side of Independence Pass Wednesday. The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office stopped 16 semi-trucks from going over the pass during another Glenwood Canyon closure.
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Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies and state officials stopped 16 semi-trucks from climbing Independence Pass on Wednesday while Glenwood Canyon was closed.

That’s according to Alex Burchetta, director of operations for the Sheriff’s Office, who said a deputy posted at the winter closure gate turned six trucks around, while other deputies and Colorado Department of Transportation officials stopped and rerouted 10 more trucks around Difficult Campground.

“It was fewer than last time,” Burchetta said, referring to the canyon closure late last month.

The only problem Wednesday occurred on the other side of the pass, when the trailer from a semi-truck disconnected from the truck and tipped over at about 8:30 a.m., he said. That occurred about 2 miles from the Pitkin County line and was cleared up by 1:30 p.m., Burchetta said.

“I think it’s important we (posted a deputy all day),” Burchetta said. “Vehicles 35 feet and above really are a safety hazard (on the pass). It’s just too narrow.”

Glenwood Canyon was scheduled to be closed today too, though that closure was canceled (see related story).


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