WB I-70 reopens at Beaver Brook after nearly 15-hour closure. Sand truck wreck snapped power pole

Crash cuts power, cell and phone service

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. - Westbound Interstate 70 reopened at Beaver Brook on Monday afternoon, after a truck crash snapped a power pole and caused a nearly 15-hour closure as crews worked to restore electricity and phone service.

Westbound traffic was reopened just before 4:30 p.m., but the Colorado Department of Transportation said traffic delays were lingering in the area

A sand truck was westbound on I-70 around 1:44 a.m. Monday in Clear Creek County when it overturned on the ramp to U.S. 6 and snapped a power pole, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The crash knocked out power, phone and cell phone service, according to CDOT.

The truck driver was not hurt.

The westbound lanes of I-70 were closed at mile marker 248. Drivers were detoured at the Beaver Brook exit to U.S. 40 to U.S. 6 then back to I-70.

Xcel energy crews responded to restore power.
 
Xcel Energy said four poles and a damaged power line had to be replaced.
 
At 5:29 a.m., the eastbound side of I-70 was closed at mile marker 244/Hidden Valley. CDOT said that closure would be intermittent.
 
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