An accident involving nine semi-trucks and multiple cars on I-70 in Colorado results in SIXTY trucks stalling on the same stretch of freeway
- A section of I-70 in Colorado was closed after a nine-semi-final accident
- 160 miles of the road were closed — between the Kansas border and Airpark Rd
- The crash caused up to 60 semis to stall
An accident involving nine semi-trucks and 12 cars in Colorado has caused the closure of a 160-mile stretch of I-70.
The disruption came Wednesday afternoon as the state was hit by a storm that brought high winds and snow.
Colorado Troopers have estimated the crime scene cannot be cleared until Thursday morning. Drivers have been advised not to take alternative roads around the closure due to “strong winds and slippery roads”.
“I crashed in both directions from the Air Park to the Kansas Line due to a multi-vehicle accident. Approximately 9 semi-trucks and 12 passenger vehicles were involved,” the Colorado State Patrol wrote in a tweet.
“No injuries have been reported so far. running state. Expect an extended closure. Avoid the area and try a different route,” they added.
A 160-mile stretch of I-70 was closed in both directions in Colorado after an accident involving nine semi-trucks and 12 cars
The Colorado State Patrol estimated as many as 60 Semis were stuck in traffic after the crash
Eastbound lanes were closed from the E-470 about 15 miles east of Denver to the Kansas border. Westbound lanes were closed between the same two points.
The crash happened near the town of Byers. A photo from the crime scene showed a semi-trailer truck on the passenger side of a car and the road covered with fresh snow.
So far there have been no injuries, said the highway police. They also noted that the closure had affected up to 60 semifinals.
Eastbound lanes were closed from the E-470 about 15 miles east of Denver to the Kansas border. Westbound lanes were closed between the same two points
Drivers have been advised not to take alternative roads around the closure due to “strong winds and slippery roads”.
The lockdown will last until morning to clean up, Colorado Troopers estimated Wednesday afternoon
The Colorado Department of Transportation said lanes were closed due to near-zero visibility
“State Patrol is telling us there are 50 to 60 trailer trucks stuck waiting for this wreckage to be cleared and the road reopened. Might be a long wait,” CBS Colorado’s Jim Benchman tweeted.
The Colorado Department of Transportation said lanes were closed due to near-zero visibility.
TRAFFIC 🚨: Began encountering icy road conditions here on I-70 as we approached the E470. Truck is towed away, another semi-trailer is stuck a little further down. I-70 is currently closed due to a multi-vehicle accident from the Air Park to the Kansas line in both directions. #cowx @KDVR pic.twitter.com/5bQzzrWgsO
— Nicole Fierro (@FierroNicole) January 18, 2023