Highway 9 reopens after runaway semitrailer exits I-70, overturns in Silverthorne

A semitrailer is overturned in the southbound lanes of Colorado Highway 9 on Friday, Oct. 15. According to Summit Fire & EMS, the truck driver lost the brakes coming down Interstate 70 from the tunnel and took the Silverthorne exit.
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the correct word used by Summit Fire & EMS to describe the path taken by the out-of-control vehicle that crashed in Silverthorne.

The southbound lanes of Colorado Highway 9 were closed for more than four hours Friday, Oct. 15, at the Interstate 70 interchange in Silverthorne due to an overturned semitrailer.

The driver of the semitrailer reportedly lost the brakes while descending I-70 from the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels and took the Silverthorne exit, despite a sign asking truck drivers who have lost their brakes to remain on the interstate.

After the driver lost control of the vehicle on I-70, it clipped a Jeep, then “careered” down the Silverthorne exit and over the median on Blue River Parkway, where it turned onto its side, according to a Summit Fire & EMS Facebook post.

No one was injured.

The Jeep was the only other vehicle involved in the crash, according to Silverthorne spokesperson Kim Jardim. She said the Jeep spun when it was hit but that the driver was able to continue driving and pull off on Exit 205.

“Thankfully, miraculously, no injuries or fatalities,” Jardim said.

The lengthy closure was due to the fact that the trailer, which was full of Coors beer 12-packs, had to be unloaded before the trailer could be flipped over, Silverthorne Police Chief John Minor said.

He said Silverthorne public works crews, Summit Fire and other volunteers had to unload the beer by hand into front-end loaders. The beer was then unloaded into a dumpster.

The crash happened at about 10:20 a.m. One lane was reopened at about 2:40 p.m., and the roadway was fully reopened by 3:10 p.m.

An investigation concluded that the truck’s brakes were on fire near mile post 209 on I-70, according to a news release from the town of Silverthorne. The driver decided to exit the interstate because the runaway truck ramp just before Silverthorne was occupied, according to the release.

The driver has been identified as Corey L. Vick, who was charged with careless driving and failure to obey a traffic-control device.

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