Multiple-car wrecks east of the Eisenhower Tunnel snarl traffic for hours |

Multiple-car wrecks east of the Eisenhower Tunnel snarl traffic for hours

SUMMIT COUNTY – A late-afternoon accident near Georgetown closed all lanes of eastbound Interstate 70 for two hours Friday.

Around 4 p.m., about 10 cars, including one semitrailer, were involved in a series of three accidents between Georgetown and the Eisenhower Tunnel, according to Capt. Jim Wolfinbarger of the Colorado State Patrol.

The accidents closed the highway for about two hours and caused eastbound traffic to back up as far as the Highway 6 exit at Silverthorne in Summit County. Wolfinbarger said westbound traffic also experienced substantial backups as curious drivers slowed near the accident scene.

As of 7:30 p.m., CSP reported no serious injuries, but three people – a 44-year-old male, a 33-year-old female and a 25-year-old male – were transported to St. Anthony’s in Denver with multiple injuries, but none of the injuries were thought to be life-threatening, Wolfinbarger said.

Snow was light and patchy, and the roads were mostly wet at the time of the accident.

“Mag chloride really helps to keep the road from freezing,” Wolfinbarger said. He cautioned drivers to slow down to avoid accidents on wintry roads.

“Speeds are oftentimes high, and people need to adjust them to keep a safe and reasonable speed, and that doesn’t always mean the speed limit,” he said.

The accident happened at the busiest time of the day, as Front Range skiers were returning home. Eastbound drivers continued to see heavy traffic as late as 7:15 p.m.

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