Two truck wrecks on the same spot hamper I-70 traffic for hours
EAGLE — Lightning doesn’t strike twice, but trucks sometimes do.
Two minutes after crews finished clearing a pickup truck/camper crash that had backed up westbound I-70 traffic for eight miles Friday evening, a semi truck hauling exotic cars slammed into the back of a CDOT truck parked on the shoulder in the same spot a few miles east of Eagle.
Westbound I-70 was closed for three more hours, said the Colorado State Patrol.
The first crash was reported at 4:44 p.m., and closed one lane of westbound I-70 until 8:38 p.m.
At 8:40 p.m., as crews were mopping up, a westbound tractor/trailer hauling exotic cars to Las Vegas slammed into the Colorado Department of Transportation truck parked on the shoulder, authorities said.
The jackknifed semi closed westbound I-70 for three hours, said Trooper Alisha Danko, public information officer with the Colorado State Patrol.
No one was in the CDOT truck. The semi driver was alone and was not injured, and neither were the cars, among them a Mustang, a Corvette, a customized Jeep and a Tesla.
The CDOT truck was seriously mashed, and the semi truck was opened like a sardine can crushed under your boot heel.
The semi spilled between 20 and 40 gallons of diesel fuel.
The whole thing started on the same spot late in the afternoon when the camper a Utah couple was pulling began to swerve behind their black 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck.
The camper flipped and came apart with the man riding inside. He suffered serious but not life threatening injuries, and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, the State Patrol said.
And if CDOT didn’t have enough truck troubles Friday, one of their trucks in Glenwood Canyon was backed into by a motorist pulling away from a roadside conversation with a Colorado State Patrol Trooper.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.