GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The driver of a semi has been cited after crashing early Tuesday morning on I-70 in the De Beque Canyon, according to Colorado State Patrol.
Around 2:45 a.m., Colorado State Patrol said the driver tried to pass another semi near mile marker 52 and hit an icy patch, causing him to slide off the road and down an embankment.
The semi which was hauling two 28-foot trailers was headed westbound when it happened, according to CSP.
News video shows crews in the water working to rescue the driver. Parts of the guardrail needed to be removed in order to rescue the driver.
The 29-year-old driver, from Thornton, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and was cited for careless driving.
CSP said I-70 could be closed periodically during the day in order to clean up the scene and so they can continue their investigation.
Crews were still working to remove the truck around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. CSP said some fuel leaked into the river, causing some concern.