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Wreck closes I-70 at Glenwood Springs

Dennis Webb

truck wreck that closed Interstate 70 in the Glenwood Springs area.

Passage through Glenwood Canyon was blocked early Sunday morning when a

truck collided with a large boulder in the middle of the westbound lanes

and went airborne, landing in the eastbound lanes.

The truck’s driver was treated for a broken left arm and for cuts and

abrasions on much of his body and released from Valley View Hospital in

Glenwood Springs.

On Halloween night Thursday, a large boulder tumbled down in South Canyon.

A truck ran over it, veered out of control and rolled onto its side. Its

driver was not injured.

Sunday’s accident occurred at about 4:50 a.m., near milepost 124, about

eight miles east of Glenwood Springs. The semi was being driven by Richard

Sherman, 55, of Westminster.

It ran through the concrete median divider and flew about 50 feet before

coming to rest on its left side in the eastbound lanes.

The accident closed eastbound I-70 for several hours.

The trailer was half-loaded with miscellaneous produce items, and they

were scattered across eastbound lanes.

No debris went into the river, which remains littered for miles with

furniture, boxes and other debris spilled in another Glenwood Canyon truck

wreck a month ago. Cleanup for that project is expected to begin soon,

despite lingering questions over who will pay it for it.

While high speed was blamed in that accident, which killed the driver,

Sherman was traveling about 45 mph in a 50-mph zone. Alcohol is not

suspected to be involved in the accident.

Each winter, freeze-thaw weather cycles cause rocks to loosen and fall

onto I-70 on the canyons east and west of Glenwood. One such incident in

South Canyon took the life of a 7-year-old boy Jan. 14.

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