UPDATE: Glenwood Canyon now open
Interstate 70 eastbound through Glenwood Canyon is now open, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The lane opened just before 2 a.m.
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office yesterday afternoon originally estimated that the eastbound lane on Interstate 70 starting at the Canyon Creek exit would be closed for the next 12 hours.
Local access was open eastbound to Glenwood Springs, but traffic was being screened at Canyon Creek (MM109).
The closure was due to a wreck that occurred a little after noon.
A semi-trailer truck heading westbound on Interstate 70 reportedly jumped the median onto the eastbound lane near the Hanging Lake exit 9 miles east of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Walt Stowe said.
Stowe said after the semi jumped the median, it caught fire, according to initial reports. Meanwhile, there is debris in the westbound lane.
The westbound lane is higher than the eastbound lane along that stretch of I-70.
The driver of the semi, which is flipped upside down, was taken to a hospital in Vail.
It’s not yet been reported if other vehicles were involved with the crash.