Westbound Interstate 70 traffic delayed at Copper Mountain due to truck fire | SummitDaily.com

Westbound Interstate 70 traffic delayed at Copper Mountain due to truck fire

(Update at 4:14 p.m.): One lane is now open going westbound.

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed down a section of westbound I-70 along Copper Mountain following a semi-truck fire near Vail Pass earlier today, according to Josh Lewis of the Colorado State Patrol.

At about 11:40 a.m. the brakes of a semi-truck burst into flames near mile marker 183 going westbound on I-70. The flames eventually engulfed the entire truck, according to Lewis. The westbound lanes are currently closed as a precaution while fire crews work to remove cargo from the truck, according to Trooper Colin Remillard.

No injuries have been reported. Remmillard said they hope to get a westbound lane open within an hour.

As of 2:07 p.m., according to communications from the Vail Public Safety Communications Center, Interstate 70 westbound remains closed at mile marker 195 (Copper Mountain) due to a major truck fire.  While the fire is out, this will require containment and clean up.

An Eagle County Alert sent at 12:02 p.m. states that there is a traffic incident on Interstate 70 westbound at mile marker 183 near East Vail. The road is closed. Expect delays and use caution in the area.

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