Winds blow over semis at Georgetown; I-70 reopens to passenger vehicles | VailDaily.com

Winds blow over semis at Georgetown; I-70 reopens to passenger vehicles

The Colorado Department of Transportation has reopened Interstate 70 between Silverthorne (Exit 205) and Beaver Brook (Exit 248) after high winds blew over two semi tractor-trailer rigs near Georgetown early Friday morning. The interstate remains closed to high-profile vehicles from Golden to Dotsero.

Department officials report that wind gusts up to 75 mph blew over the trucks at about 3 a.m. and then later Friday morning.

The highway was closed to commercial vehicles after the first blow-over, but re-opened briefly at about 6 a.m. when winds seemed to subside. The wind picked back up, shortly after the road was re-opened to truck traffic.

In addition to the blow-overs, there have also been reports of the wind blowing out the windshields of passenger cars. A side window on a truck was also blown out.

Loveland Pass has also been closed due to high winds and blowing snow.

A High Wind Advisory was issued by the National Weather Service for Friday morning until 11 a.m. But Bob Wilson of the Colorado Department of Transportation said that advisory could be extended.

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High winds and dry conditions on the Front Range have also triggered a Red Flag warning about extreme fire danger.

This story will be updated.