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Vehicle fire shuts down Interstate-70 west of Eisenhower-Johnson tunnels

Jonathan Bowers
jbowers@summitdaily.com

The engine of a moving van having mechanical problems caught fire and completely engulfed the cab on Sunday evening, Sept. 4, just after 6 p.m. at mile marker 209, according to Steve Lipsher, the public information officer with Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue. The driver escaped unharmed.

Fire responders to the scene shuttled up extra water from exit 205, he said, heading eastbound up the westbound I-70 lanes. Some westbound traffic had remained caught between the tunnels and the fire.

Crews had been putting out flare-ups all night, according a Colorado State Patrol spokesperson, struggling to finally contain the fire.

In the meantime to get I-70 traffic moving, said CDOT spokeswoman Tracy Trulove, crews late at night pushed everything off the interstate onto the shoulder. The two left-most lanes opened before midnight, and the right lane was coned off at that location, as cleanup resumed Monday morning.