Shell shock on Interstate 70 as truck overturns, spills eggs across highway
A westbound tractor-trailer carrying a load of eggs crashed into the embankment about 2 miles east of the Silverthorne exit, tearing open the trailer like a sardine can and sending most of the load spilling onto Interstate 70, according to accident first responder Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue.
The one-vehicle crash occurred at 11:19 a.m. The driver was a 39-year-old male. He was transported to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center with minor injuries. However, Lake Dillon spokesman Steve Lipscher said the driver was out, conscious and walking after the incident.
“The cab hit so hard that the driveshaft augured into the hillside; amazingly, the driver walked away with only minor injuries,” Lipsher wrote in an email.
The truck was overturned on the side of the road, and blocked the right and center lanes. The accident reduced westbound traffic to a single lane for three hours while cleanup was occurring.
“You just start with brooms and shovels and use water; it’s just like cleaning a skillet after you fried up some eggs,” Lipsher said.
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