Weather, wreck close Loveland Pass |

Weather, wreck close Loveland Pass

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY – Blizzard-like weather conditions closed Loveland Pass late Wednesday night, and officials kept it closed all day Thursday after a tanker truck veered off the road at the summit just before the closing.The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured in the incident, which took his truck about 100 feet over the edge.”That helped him not being injured in the crash,” said Sgt. Ed Clark of the Colorado State Patrol’s (CSP) Clear Creek County office. “It was really amazing. It was incredible he just walked out of it.”The truck was not carrying anything and there were no hazardous material problems involved. Other trucks carrying hazardous materials were rerouted through the Eisenhower Tunnel at the top of every hour.Clark said he didn’t know if the driver would be cited, and noted that the weather was pretty bad at the tunnel that night.Although the wreck occurred at about 2 a.m., highway officials opted to keep the pass closed through the day until the truck could be removed. The job was estimated to take eight hours.The wreck came on the heels of a late summer storm that moved through the state, dumping three to six inches of snow in Summit County and up to 17 inches in the northern mountains. Locally, the storm caused almost 20 fender benders throughout the county.

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