The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 have experienced several closures and delays due to multiple accidents in the past week. The crashes have caused injuries, damages, and traffic jams for drivers and travelers on the busy highway.
Semi-truck crash closes right lane near SR-49
On January 19, 2024, a semi-truck went off the roadway into the wood line, causing significant damage to its trailer. The right lane of I-70 westbound beyond SR-49 was closed for several hours as crews worked to clear the scene. According to the Dayton Post of Ohio State Highway Patrol, there were no injuries reported in the crash. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Vehicle hauler catches fire at Silverthorne
On December 30, 2023, a vehicle hauler caught fire on the right lane of westbound I-70 at Silverthorne, forcing the closure of the lane for more than an hour. The Colorado State Patrol said that there were no injuries reported in the incident, and the fire was extinguished by the local fire department. The vehicle hauler was carrying several cars, some of which were damaged by the fire. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Pothole repair shuts down two lanes near Morrison
On December 29, 2023, the right two lanes of westbound I-70 between Colorado 470 and Morrison Road were closed for emergency road work, as crews worked to repair a deep pothole. The Colorado Department of Transportation said that the pothole was caused by the freezing and thawing of the pavement, and that it posed a safety hazard for drivers. The lanes were reopened later that day after the repair was completed.
CDOT advises drivers to be cautious and patient
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) said that the recent crashes and closures on I-70 westbound were unfortunate and inconvenient, but urged drivers to be cautious and patient on the road. CDOT said that it is working hard to maintain the safety and condition of the highway, and that it appreciates the cooperation and understanding of the public. CDOT also reminded drivers to follow the speed limits, wear seat belts, and avoid distractions while driving.