GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – The Colorado State Patrol responded to multiple vehicle crashes westbound on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon on Saturday, Mar. 23. A white 2004 Dodge Dakota skidded out of control on the icy roadway. The pickup skidded off the left side of the roadway and collided with the bridge rail. It then came to rest in the left, westbound lane. A 2013 Volkswagen Jetta stopped on the right shoulder near the Dakota’s final rest.
A chain reaction of three additional crashes occurred involving seven additional vehicles, including two tractor trailers. As a result, all vehicles were blocking both lanes of westbound travel and Interstate 70 was closed for a short period of time.
Hailey M. Wells, the driver of the Dodge Dakota suffered a broken hand. Baumgardner, whose car was hit by a 2005 Freightliner, driven by Vitali Gasiouk, 47, suffered serious rib injuries. Esther Brady, 52, suffered a minor head injury when the 2006 Toyota Matrix she was a passenger in, was hit by trailer pulled by the Freightliner. There were no other injuries.
The Colorado State Patrol, Glenwood Springs Fire Department and EMS, and the Colorado Department of Transportation, all responded to the scene. Blaine Ward Towing, and CATS Towing arrived to remove the vehicles.
The Colorado State Patrol reminds everyone to drive safely during winter travel conditions.