Barbara Peabody: Scary I-70 trip |

Barbara Peabody: Scary I-70 trip

I was in a crash east of the Eisenhower Tunnel on Monday at about 8 p.m. west of Georgetown. My rental car skidded wildly out of control on the ice for no apparent reason (I mean I wasn’t braking or changing lanes or speeding or anything), crashing into the divider and coming to a stop facing oncoming traffic. It was snowing, not heavily, but the wind was intense. I managed to get the car turned around and going forward in time for the oncoming cars to overtake me. Had I not been able to do that, it is very likely that the accident would have caused a multi-car pile up and I could easily have been killed as I was in a cheap little car.

I was driving incredibly cautiously, having driven to Steamboat the previous Thursday night in a blizzard, so I knew what I was up against. I had been driving behind a plow until it became evident that the plow was not plowing nor was it laying any salt or sand on the highway. Why is that ? Does it not stick in high winds at that altitude? I didn’t see a single state police car in the three hours it took me to limp back to Denver at 30 mph with the hazard lights on with the bumper hanging less than an inch from the ground. The wiper fluid container was busted, I also encountered dense fog.

I saw your article about the accident the day before and the thoughts about getting the trucks off the road during peak times. I am not sure why I am writing to you, except that I am still traumatized and obsessing about the accident and trying to find out more about other accidents or conditions in that area. Thanks in advance for any thoughts the e-mail might elicit.

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