Accidents snarl local roadways |

Accidents snarl local roadways

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The storm that brought snow to the high country over the weekend was a factor in several traffic accidents. Eastbound Interstate 70 was closed for several hours in Glenwood Canyon on Sunday morning after a semi-truck crashed and spilled diesel fuel onto the road.

Janet Walker-Cochran, 58, of Denver, was driving the truck at about 5:15 a.m. when she lost control on the icy, snowy road. The truck struck the right guardrail and then jackknifed, skidding to a stop, blocking both lanes. In the crash, the right saddle tank of the semi-truck was punctured and spilled about 40 gallons of diesel fuel onto the road. The spill was contained by portable barriers until the cleanup crew arrived.

The Colorado State Patrol Hazmat team responded for the fuel spill.

Walker-Cochran was wearing her seatbelt, and she was not injured in the crash.

The eastbound lanes reopened shortly after 2 p.m.

At about 8:45 p.m. Saturday, firefighters from the Eagle River Fire Protection District and paramedics from the Eagle County Ambulance District responded to a rollover accident on westbound I-70 in Avon. Upon arrival, firefighters and paramedics found a Ford sport utility vehicle lying on its roof. The driver was pinned inside, was not breathing and had no pulse.

“Firefighters and paramedics worked very quickly to extricate the driver so they could immediately begin CPR,” said Battalion Chief Cipriano Tafoya, incident commander for the accident. “They were able to regain a pulse and transport the patient to the hospital, alive.”

The patient, who was not identified, was later flown to a Denver-area hospital, authorities said.

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