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Westbound lanes of I-70 reopens at Dowd Junction following semi-tractor trailer crash

CDOT reopened one lane at 4:12 a.m.
Semi-tractor trailer crash on Dowd Junction Friday January 18, 2019 (courtesy Eagle River Fire Protection District)
Posted at 4:29 AM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 08:12:50-05

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. — Westbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed early Friday because of dangerous driving conditions and a semi crash.

Around 1 a.m., a semi-tractor trailer ran off the highway at Dowd Junction.

A person was trapped in the cab of the semi and needed to be freed from the vehicle, according to Eagle River Fire Protection District.

The patient was extricated and was evaluated for injuries, according to a Facebook post from the fire protection District.

The Colorado Department of Transportation reopened all but one of the westbound lanes around 4 a.m.

Headed into this weekend, CDOT warned drivers to prepare for heavy traffic.

"This is the time of year when we tend to see the ski traffic increase," said I-70 Mountain Corridor Operations Manager Patrick Chavez. "More snow, Presidents Day Weekend and spring break all combine for additional traffic on the mountain highways, not just this weekend, but continuing through the end of March."

Last year on the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, 192,343 vehicles traveled through the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels.

Heavier than normal traffic is expected on Friday and Sunday between Eagle County and Denver.