Six injured in crash in construction zone near East Vail exit
Ryan Summerlin August 27, 2014
VAIL — Six people were hurt, three critically, in a multi-car crash in the construction zone on Interstate 70 near the East Vail exit Tuesday night.
At about 10 p.m., Vail Police, Vail Fire Department and Eagle County Paramedic Services responded to the crash, which involved four vehicles, including a contract vehicle for the Colorado Department of Transportation. The collision occurred in a construction zone approaching a lane closure. Witnesses told police that the driver of a van initiated a chain reaction when she drove into the back of slow-moving vehicles nearing the lane merge. Six people were injured; three remain hospitalized in stable yet critical condition.
The interstate was closed for about two hours. Vail Police are investigating the accident.
Roadway repair requires equipment, workers and daily changes in the road and alignment. The Vail Police Department reminded motorists to be safe.
“Lower your speed, observe informational signs and remain alert to changing conditions,” said Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is paving the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 from East Vail to the top of Vail Pass. Crews will remove and replace the top 2 inches of asphalt over 10 miles in the right lane. They will also replace barriers, re-stripe the lanes and reinforce some of the drainage culverts under the interstate. This project, weather permitting, is expected to be completed by late October. Motorist should expect lane closures and night work to continue for the next two weeks.