DENVER – A “major crash” involving a pickup trailer broken down on the shoulder closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Georgetown Thursday afternoon.
All lanes reopened by 6:55 p.m., according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The Colorado State Patrol in Golden reported the crash at 1:45 p.m. Officials said the crash occurred on eastbound I-70 at mile marker 231, three miles east of Georgetown. Eastbound traffic was being diverted off at Exit 228 (Georgetown) and sent to the narrow frontage road.
CSP Eagle tweeted additional information about the crash about 30 minutes later, saying eastbound I-70 was being closed in Silverthorne at Exit 205 and that eastbound US 6 was being closed from Kestyone at mile marker 217.
CSP officials also said the crash resulted in critical injuries for the driver, who had to be flown out after sustaining serious injuries. A diesel fuel spill was also reported following the crash.
I-70 eastbound Update:— CSP Golden (@csp_golden) August 26, 2021
* One lane eastbound is being cleared at MP 231
* No Tow Truck / Tow Driver involved
- It was a pickup pulling a trailer broken down on the shoulder
- Individual was choppered out and sustained serious injuries
* Do not suspect impairment or XS speed pic.twitter.com/7FhRKxIpO1
Travelers in the area were being advised to expect significant delays for an extended period of time.
This is a developing news story and will be updated.