Spectacular crash closes I-70 | AspenTimes.com

Spectacular crash closes I-70

Aspen Times Staff Report

An El Jebel woman and her daughter, trapped beneath an overturned semi in Glenwood Canyon Wednesday for two hours, escaped with minor injuries.

The crash in Glenwood Canyon near the Grizzly Creek exit yesterday closed eastbound Interstate 70 for about three hours.

According to Colorado State Patrol reports, an eastbound semi-tractor trailer belonging to Brown Trucking of Tennessee was passing a car when it rounded a curve at about 1 p.m. and went into a skid for 482 feet. The semi then rolled over on its right side, onto a 1997 Mercury sedan, dragging the car with it as it slid for another 407 feet, before slamming into the highway guardrail.

Both vehicles came to a stop in the right, eastbound lane of the interstate, with the car and its occupants trapped beneath the big rig.

Semi driver Jeffrey J. Hicks, 39, of Memphis, Tenn. was transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with chest pain. The driver of the car, June Sparkman, 47, of El Jebel, and her daughter, Melissa, were trapped in their car until they could be extricated. They were taken to Valley View with minor injuries.

To get the Sparkmans out, Blain Ward Towing had to airlift the trailer off the car.

The Colorado State Patrol investigated the crash with help from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Glenwood Police Department, the Colorado Department of Transportation, and Blain Ward Towing.

The tractor trailer, which was hauling wooden doors, was exceeding the posted 50 mph speed limit, causing the crash, according to a State Patrol report.

Most traffic heading east into the canyon was stopped at the Glenwood Springs exit. Traffic backed up past West Glenwood.

The interstate closing also led to traffic jams in Glenwood, as motorists heading downvalley on Highway 82 to the interstate couldn’t proceed. Traffic on the highway was backed up, bumper to bumper, past Sayre Park.


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