Pileup snarls I-70 traffic | AspenTimes.com

Pileup snarls I-70 traffic

Aspen Times Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Eastbound Interstate 70 west of Glenwood Springs was blocked for more than an hour Friday morning after a multi-vehicle pileup, snarling the morning commute. No one was seriously hurt.

Ramiro Vargas-Majalca, 33, of Thornton, Colo. was traveling west on the interstate when his SUV went out of control on wet pavement, crossed the grassy center median and skidded in reverse into the left eastbound lane, where it was struck by a pickup truck driven by Daniel Diaz, 51 of Rifle, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The SUV then spun into the right-hand lane of eastbound I-70, where it was struck by a van driven by Juan Garcia-Perez, 40, of Eagle.

The crash occurred shortly after 7 a.m. The pileup blocked both lanes, forcing traffic to detour onto Highway 6 at New Castle and through an adjacent rest area.

All of the vehicle occupants involved in the crash reported wearing seatbelts, according to the patrol. Vargas-Majalca and his passenger, Mario Vargas, also of Thornton, were treated for minor injuries at the scene. Diaz and Garcia-Perez were unhurt.

Vargas-Majalca’s excessive speed, given the weather and roadway conditions, contributed to the crash, according to a State Patrol press release. The patrol release did not indicate troopers issued a citation.