Accident closes I-70

A seven-mile stretch of Interstate 70 was closed Monday night in Glenwood Canyon after a semitrailer driver lost control and slammed through a guardrail, leaving the truck teetering over the edge roughly 100 feet above the ground.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. John Hahn said troopers believe the driver was moving too fast for snowy conditions when the eastbound truck lost control taking a curve at milepost 123, seven miles east of Glenwood Springs.

The semi smashed past the guardrail and left most of the cab hanging over the edge, Hahn said.

The accident was reported at 6:10 p.m.

A man who was a passenger in the semi managed to free himself, but the driver was pinned under the steering wheel.

Emergency responders eventually freed the man, who was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, Hahn said. Charges are pending against the driver, he said.

Eastbound lanes remained closed from milepost 116 to milepost 123 as of 9 p.m. State highway crews were hoping to clear the roadway by 10 p.m., Hahn said.


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