Crash closes I-70 in Glenwood Canyon Thursday

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GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. A multi-vehicle crash near the Shoshone Rest Area closed I-70 in Glenwood Canyon Thursday afternoon.

Around 2:00 p.m., the Colorado State Patrol responded to a multi-vehicle crash on westbound I-70, near the Shoshone Rest Area.

A Volvo station wagon driven by Elisabeth S. Lovejoy, 23, of New Mexico, was traveling westbound on the elevated portion of roadway over the Shoshone Rest Area. The roadway was snow packed and icy with clear skies and visibility.

The Volvo skidded out of control as it traveled around a right sweeping curve and collided with the cement guardrail off the left side of the roadway. The Volvo rotated counter clockwise at least one rotation, and came to rest on its wheels, facing westbound, in the right lane.

A tractor trailer vehicle, traveling behind the Volvo, was able to come to a controlled stop as it exited the curve in the right lane. An American Furniture Warehouse tractor trailer then skidded to avoid the first tractor trailer in the right lane, and came to a stop blocking both the left and right lane.

Three smaller personal vehicles, a Jeep Cherokee pulling a motorcycle trailer, a Buick sedan, and a Volkswagon sedan, were able to stop in the left lane alongside the American Furniture truck. A Fed Ex tractor trailer then collided into the Jeep Cherokee, stopped in the left lane. The Jeep then hit the Buick sedan, causing the Buick to hit the Volkswagon sedan. Then, several other tractor trailer vehicles and personal vehicles became involved in the chain reaction crash.

In total, six tractor trailers and eight personal vehicles were involved in the crash. A ninth vehicle, a Mercedes SUV, was able to stop in the middle of the all the other vehicles, and did not get hit.

Westbound lanes of the interstate were closed for three and a half hours, and reopened at 5:51 p.m.

The Colorado State Patrol reminds everyone to exercise extreme caution when traveling on icy roads.

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