I-70 reopened near Idaho Springs after semi crash, fire near Twin Tunnels

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. - Some eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 are reopened near the Twin Tunnels after a semi truck carrying several crushed vehicles rolled and caught fire near Idaho Springs Thursday.

Photos from the area show the semi truck on its side, blocking lanes of eastbound Interstate 70 just west of the Twin Tunnels.

Idaho Springs Police Chief Dave Wohlers told 7NEWS the driver was driving too fast for the curves in the area, the load shifted and the truck rolled.

Wohlers said removing the semi and the crushed cars will take some time and drivers should expect an extended closure.

Wohlers said the driver and his dog were not hurt in the crash.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said the highway was closed from mile marker 240 to 244. Two lanes were reopened around 1:40 p.m., but the other lane remained closed for the ongoing cleanup.

"Expect extremely long delays," CDOT said on its website.

 

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