Washington man dies following accident on I-70 Saturday | SummitDaily.com

Washington man dies following accident on I-70 Saturday

Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct the kind of vehicle the deceased passenger was driving in.

A 55-year-old man from Renton, Washington is dead after a box truck he was riding in crashed into a semitractor-trailer on Interstate 70 around noon Saturday, Oct. 1, according to Colorado State Police Master Trooper Gary Cutler. 

Police say the 57-year-old woman driving the semitractor-trailer had her hazard lights on as she made her way east in the rightmost lane toward the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels, near mile marker 221, when the 47-year-old male driver of the box truck struck her vehicle from behind. 

“The box truck was coming up behind him at a faster speed and realized at the last little bit that the semi was going really slow, swerved to miss it and basically rear ended the semi on the passenger side,” Cutler said. 

The driver of the box truck was going the speed limit, Cutler said, and the woman driving the semitractor-trailer was going slow due to the steep grade of the roadway. 

Both drivers refused medical treatment and were not injured in the collision, police say. 

The crash closed down the eastbound lanes of I-70 past the 205 Exit in Silverthorne, causing widespread traffic issues in Summit County as drivers were routed up Loveland Pass on U.S. Highway 6. 

The affected roadway remained closed for nearly eight hours.

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