Westbound I-70 closed after semi carrying hogs wrecks
Motorists stuck in Glenwood Canyon just behind a horde of hogs and the overturned semi that was carrying them may be stranded on westbound Interstate 70 until this evening, according to a spokeswoman from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The truck wrecked, blocking the highway’s westbound lanes about a half-mile east of town, at about 1:30 p.m., said department spokeswoman Tracy Trulove, who posted video of the surviving swine being sprayed down by Glenwood Springs firefighters on Facebook page this afternoon. As of 4:30 p.m., traffic remained blocked in the westbound lanes.
A representative from the Glenwood Springs Police Department has not yet returned calls for information about the wreck.
Trulove said authorities were able to start diverting traffic fairly quickly at the Hanging Lake exit some miles up the canyon. But drivers who were just behind the semi have been on the highway for hours.
“The challenging part is the people who were caught right behind it, because they’ve been sitting in it since 1:30 p.m.,” Trulove said at about 4:30 p.m. “We’re probably … looking at a couple more hours before we have the westbound lanes.”
CDOT said the driver of the semi was taken to the hospital. There was no immediate word on the extent of his injuries.
Trulove said 20 to 25 pigs were killed or injured in the wreck. A veterinarian from Silt was able to examine and help euthanize the injured animals on site, while the healthy hogs were corralled and kept cool with a hose on the highway-adjacent bike path, she said.
While Trulove called the situation “challenging,” she credited local law enforcement and emergency agencies with their response.
“They all really got together and worked hard to keep the situation as safe as we could,” Trulove said.