GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado - Several car accidents caused Interstate 70 to close in Glenwood Canyon Monday night.
At 7:09 p.m., the Colorado State Patrol responded to a tractor trailer crash at eastbound I-70 near mile post 129, at the east end of Glenwood Canyon. A Valley Equipment Leasing semi tractor pulling an empty cement tanker, driven by Anthony Salanga, 41, of Laramie, Wyo., was traveling eastbound on Interstate 70, at mile post 129.4 when it lost control on the snowpacked and icy roadway, police said. The semi jackknifed and collided with the cement median barrier, becoming disabled and blocking both eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 according to police
A Buick Enclave driven by Mandy L. William, 36, of Gypsum, was able to stop and avoid hitting the jackknifed semi. A Core-mark Midcontinent Inc. semi tractor trailer, driven by Paul A. Aguirre, 26, of Englewood, was unable to stop on the snowy roadway and collided its front end to the rear of the first semi, police said. A light pick-up truck pulling an empty trailer, driven by Bobby D. Bouldin, 63, of Plainview, Texas, was unable to stop as well and collided its right passenger side to the trailer of the second semi, then collided with the Buick, police said. Several other vehicles became involved in secondary crashes as a result, police said. In total, 10 vehicles were involved.
Eastbound I-70 was closed from mile post 116 in Glenwood Springs to mile post 130 at the east end of Glenwood Canyon. At 9:40 pm, one eastbound lane was able to be opened after crews were able to move the semi trucks. Colorado Department of Transportation crews made a few sweeps through the canyon to plow the roadway and at 11:04 p.m. both eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 were re opened. Salanga was cited for careless driving, State Patrol said. There were no injuries to anyone in the pileup.
Gypsum Fire, and the Colorado Department of Transportation also responded to the scene. The Glenwood Springs Police Department assisted with the road closure. Big Steve's Towing, Lucas Towing, and Blaine Ward towing all responded to the scene to remove vehicles.