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Pile-up, suicide call tangle I-70 traffic

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
CVR I-70 closure JM 4-2-13

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Interstate 70 at both ends of the valley contained trouble spots Tuesday afternoon.

Multiple crashes west of Vail Pass closed Interstate 70 when a storm blew through the area Tuesday afternoon.

About the same time on the eastern end of Glenwood Canyon, Eagle County sheriff’s deputies were called out to look for a possible suicide.

According to Garfield County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jennifer Kelly, two county squad cars responded to a call about a suicidal couple at 2:48 p.m. on Tuesday, and went out in search of the couple’s vehicle. The vehicle was located near Bair Ranch.

By 4:07 p.m., Kelly said, the pair had walked out of the woods and into the custody of the deputies.

Tuesday’s spring snowstorm took many motorists by surprise. On eastbound I-70, CDOT officials said dozens of vehicles were stacked up in a chain-reaction in Officers Gulch, west of Frisco.

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed eastbound I-70 near Copper Mountain, and westbound I-70 at mile marker 176, the main Vail exit.

The road closed in both directions at about 4:10 p.m. and had reopened by 8 p.m.

The Colorado State Patrol said the pileup involved several automobiles and tractor-trailer rigs. The number and severity of injuries were unknown at deadline, said Trooper Nate Reid with the Colorado State Patrol.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent contributed to this report.

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