Westbound lane of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon reopened after semi crash

Westbound I-70 is back open after being closed for most of Tuesday.
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 1:29 PM MST
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (KJCT) - Westbound I-70 reopened Tuesday night after being closed for most of the day. A crash involving four semi trucks near mile marker 123 left three thousand gallons of gasoline flooding the road.

The remaining seven thousand gallons in the damaged tanker was drained into intact tankers and removed, say officials. The interstate reopened around 6 p.m. Tuesday night.

No injuries were reported by officials.


This is an update to a developing story. Previous coverage is below.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (KJCT) - The Colorado Department of Transportation announced just after noon Tuesday that a crash between four commercial vehicles and closed the westbound land of I-70.

One of the vehicles was a tanker truck that ruptured, spilling around three thousand gallons of gasoline onto the interstate, according to officials.

Officials say that they expect the lanes to be closed until at least this evening. The closure stretches westward from Exit 133 Dotsero.

An alternate route has been established by CDOT, but officials warn that it adds a minimum of two and a half hours of travel time. Authorities say that updates will be posted to the COtrip website and to the CDOT Facebook page.

CDOT says that four commercial vehicles were involved, and one was a tanker carrying seven thousand gallons of gasoline. Officials say that the damaged tanker must have all remaining gasoline pumped into a new tanker, which will take at least four hours.