EB I-70 reopens near Colfax after wedged pickup is removed; commute traffic moving again in Aurora

Witnesses: Truck was speeding in construction zone

AURORA, Colo. - Eastbound Interstate 70 reopened near Colfax Avenue in Aurora at 5:47 p.m. Friday after a wedged pickup blocking the highway was removed.

The strange crash, which happened about 4:15 p.m. on eastbound I-70 near Colfax Avenue, backed up commute traffic for about an hour and a half.

Witnesses told Aurora police the pickup driver was speeding through a construction zone, where eastbound I-70 narrows to one lane, when he came upon slowing traffic and hit his brakes, according to the Aurora Police Facebook page.

The truck to hit a concrete center barrier and the impact swung the back of the truck around, wedging the pickup between the concrete barrier and the guardrail on the highway shoulder.

The driver was not injured and was issued a summons for a traffic violation, police said. A sign where the wreck happened warns drivers that they face double fines for traffic violations in a construction zone.

"This crash is a good reminder to drivers to slow down in construction zones and for them to pay extra attention to the road ahead of them as traffic conditions can change at a moment's notice," Aurora Police said on Facebook.

At 5:10 p.m., AIRTRACKER7's camera showed Aurora police officers, highway workers and bystanders studying the truck, pondering how to dislodge it.

A long line of backed up motorists had to wait for a resolution.

 

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