Icy roads cause traffic troubles in Eagle County | VailDaily.com

Icy roads cause traffic troubles in Eagle County

Chris Outcalt
Eagle County CO, Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyKolby Knox shovels his driveway Wednesday morning at his Vail residence. Knox said he was going to try to take the day off to go skiing.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Icy, snow-covered roads slowed drivers and caused several accidents and fender-benders in Eagle County, Colorado Wednesday morning.

Snow started falling Tuesday evening and coated the roads with a couple inches of snow by Wednesday.

Before 7 a.m., police responded to mile 180 on Interstate 70 where a tractor-trailer jackknifed, blocking the highway, said Vail police Sgt. Chris Botkins. Police shut down the road to clear the accident. No one was injured, Botkins said.

The eastbound portion of the highway from Vail to Copper Mountain was also closed overnight while crews cleaned up multiple vehicle that were stranded near Vail Pass. Officials reopened the road at about 2 a.m. this morning.

Botkins said Vail police responded to a few other minor accidents Wednesday morning, but that drivers seemed to be traveling cautiously.

“People have been driving fairly slow, it’s not bad,” he said. “People are definitely being more cautious than in the past.”

Officials were dealing with more serious accidents near Avon and Edwards, Botkins said.

A State Trooper was not immediately available for comment.

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shannong Cordingly said deputies aided state police with a few accidents.

“I think they’ve had a busy morning,” Cordingly said.

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