UPDATE: I-70 WB reopens after major crash involving semi truck | SummitDaily.com

UPDATE: I-70 WB reopens after major crash involving semi truck

Update at 11:54 a.m.: Interstate 70 has reopened at the Eisenhower Tunnel, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Drivers should still expect long delays making their way west.

UPDATE at 10:53 a.m.: Multiple individuals were injured in a crash west of the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels Friday morning, according to Summit Fire & EMS.

At around 7:50 a.m., a semi-tractor trailer lost its brakes in a high-grade area of Interstate 70 west of the tunnel. The truck sped down the highway and collided with three other vehicles before overturning, according to Summit Fire & EMS spokesperson Steve Lipsher. The crash took place around mile marker 207, just east of the Silverthorne exit.

The driver of the semi suffered severe injuries, and was airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood via Flight for Life, according to Lipsher. Another vehicle with a mother and her two children rolled over several times, and Summit Fire & EMS took all three to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco.

Nobody was injured in the other two cars involved in the crash.

Lipsher said there was also a hazmat response to clean up fuel that leaked from the crash, but Summit Fire crews left the scene sometime after 10 a.m.

Closures on westbound I-70 are still in place while Colorado State Patrol conducts an investigation, and the Colorado Department of Transportation clears the scene.

Original story:

Westbound lanes on Interstate 70 are closed at the Eisenhower Tunnel due to a major crash west of the tunnel, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

A detour is in place using Loveland Pass. There is no estimated time for I-70 to reopen, and motorists should expect long delays. Drivers can check COTrip.org for live updates.

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