Flipped plow closes I-70 for two hours | SummitDaily.com

Flipped plow closes I-70 for two hours

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Vail Pass were closed for more than two hours Wednesday morning after a plow driver lost control and flipped over.The Colorado Department of Transportation plow driver reported that a vehicle cut him off as he was sanding and salting a westbound lane of traffic at about 9:30 a.m., said CDOT spokesperson Mindy Crane.The driver said he swerved to avoid the car, lost control and flipped into the eastbound lane, Crane said.The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, including bumps and bruises, she said.One eastbound lane and both westbound lanes were closed while crews worked to upright the plow. The westbound lanes reopened just after noon, but traffic was backed up for about six miles during the closure.Crane said people need to remember to drive safely around plows.”I think it’s a good reminder for people to slow down,” she said. “This is a large vehicle out on the roadway and our crews are doing the best they can to keep our roadways safe. We really need motorists to take it easy and not be aggressive around our plows.”The Colorado State Patrol is still investigating the incident. Trooper Ben Steger, who responded to the accident, said no citations have been issued. Police are still gathering witness statements to determine if in fact a second vehicle was involved, Steger said.- Nicole Formosa

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