Vail firefighter suffers serious injuries trying to help during early morning crashes on I-70

Vail Daily staff report

EAGLE-VAIL —A Vail firefighter suffered serious injuries when he was struck after he climbed out of his car to lend a hand during Friday morning’s traffic accident along eastbound I-70.

The Vail firefighter’s name was not released until family had been notified, Vail Fire Chief Mark Novak said.

“He’s stable, but has been admitted to the hospital,” Novak said.

The firefighter was on his way to work when he came upon the accidents, Novak said. It appears he stopped to help when he was struck by another vehicle.

He suffered facial and head injuries, Novak said.

Two separate Friday morning accidents involved multiple vehicles as roads turned icy and snowpacked, said Trooper Tim Schaefer, public information officer with the Colorado State Patrol.

“We’re asking people to be cautious,” Schaefer said.

The first call came in at 6:42 a.m. from the local dispatchers. Eastbound I-70 was closed and traffic was diverted around the accidents, Schaefer said.

The CSP did not know how long the road would be closed. Vail Pass is also closed going eastbound on I-70 with no estimated time of reopening.

This story will be updated.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Summit Daily is embarking on a multiyear project to digitize its archives going back to 1989 and make them available to the public in partnership with the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. The full project is expected to cost about $165,000. All donations made in 2023 will go directly toward this project.

Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.