I-70 crashes continue closures between Summit County and Denver
Timeline of closures:
2:22 a.m. I-70 westbound is closed at Morrison and Idaho Springs due to accidents.
2:51 a.m. Eastbound I-70 is closed in Silverthorne due to accidents.
6:14 a.m. Eastbound I-70 is closed again in Silverthorne due to multiple accidents.
7:46 a.m. Eastbound I-70 is closed again in Idaho Springs due to multiple jackknifed semis.
7:52 a.m. Westbound I-70 closed in Georgetown due to a jackknifed semi.
9:07 a.m. Westbound I-70 closed in Genesee due to multiple accidents and disabled vehicles.
9:44 a.m. Westbound I-70 is closed again in Georgetown due to multiple accidents and disabled vehicles.
Winter weather, sliding trucks and multiple crashes all brought Interstate 70 to a halt starting early Friday morning. As snow continues to pelt the mountains, more closures continue to block the highway between Summit County and Denver.
Emily Wilfong, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman, said the closures started at midnight on Thursday, and have continued up to Friday afternoon.
“Till now, we’ve been having crashes that required us to close lanes or the entire highway,” Wilfong said. “We’ve had a lot of jackknifed semis and several multi-vehicle crashes.”
A closure is planned for the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels, both eastbound and westbound, to give trucks time to plow the highway before it is backed up with weekend traffic. Loveland Pass is also closed this weekend.
A stretch of I-70 in Silverthorne was closed several times this morning after accidents repeatedly blocked lanes. Earlier in the day, the authorities had to clear multiple jackknifed semis from the stretch of I-70 through Idaho Springs.
Wilfong suggested that drivers without snow tires or chains avoid the mountain corridor today.
“If you do have to travel up there and your vehicle is properly winterized, give yourself the extra time to drive up and just plan that it’s not gonna be a quick or easy trip,” Wilfong said.
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