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Motorists trapped in highway tunnel due to multiple mudslides

Glenwood Canyon I-70 Closure 07/29-07/30
Glenwood Canyon I-70 Closure 07/29-07/30(Colorado Department of Transportation)
Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 11:01 AM MDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Early this morning, Colorado Department of Transportation crews responded to multiple large mudslides on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, caused by heavy rain on the Grizzly Creek burn scar area. Due to the mudslides, authorities say about 20 people had to spend the night inside the tunnel along I-70 Glenwood Canyon.

Crews had to carve out a path through the mud to reach the trapped motorists. At about 6:30 a.m. they were able to reach the motorists and rescue them. No injuries were reported and it took about nine hours for crews to dig through the mud.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross of Western Colorado have been on standby since 12 a.m. to assist the trapped motorists. They provided shelter to the individuals trapped by the mudslides by opening the Glenwood Springs Community Center, located at 100 Wulfsohn Rd.

CDOT issued the closure on I-70 Glenwood Canyon yesterday at 4:30 p.m. The closure continues to remain in place this morning.

Closure points on I-70 are Exit 133 (Dotsero), Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs), Exit 109 (Canyon Creek) and Exit 87 (West Rifle).

At this point in time, this is an EXTENDED CLOSURE and it is recommended that motorists use the recommended alternate route (see image below).

I-70 Alternate Route
I-70 Alternate Route(Colorado Department of Transportation)

For more updates regarding this closure, please visit cotrip.org.

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