30-car pileup closes Interstate-70 | SummitDaily.com

30-car pileup closes Interstate-70

INTERSTATE 70 – Low visibility and icy roads caused a 30-car accident that closed eastbound Interstate 70 for about three hours Friday afternoon.

The accident occurred at eastbound mile marker 216, east of the Eisenhower Tunnel, about 11:45 a.m. Colorado State Patrol Capt. Ron Prater said approximately a dozen people were injured, one critically. State patrol troopers routed traffic onto U.S. Highway 6, but traffic remained backed up on the interstate for several miles.

Westbound traffic saw some accidents, as well, as gawkers slowed down to marvel at the wreckage in the other lanes.

Prater described one notable scene in which a semi rear-ended a van, which then ran over a small Honda in front of it. Prater said the Honda was twisted and crushed, and troopers marveled as the driver crawled out of the wreckage with her infant daughter.

“I don’t think there was enough intact space in there for me to sit in, but she crawled out with minor injuries,” Prater said. “The child was in a car seat, which is good. It’s amazing that anyone survived.”

– Reid Williams

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