UPDATE: I-70 Reopens After Deadly Accident in Glenwood Canyon
KREX News Room
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - Both directions of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon are now back open, following a deadly early morning accident.
A spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol says shortly after 4:30 a.m., a tractor trailer traveling westbound on I-70 collided with an eastbound Mazda sedan. It happened at about mile marker 127, east of the Hanging Lake Tunnel.
Road construction in the area is forcing traffic in both directions to use the highway's westbound lanes. Officials say the Mazda drifted into the semi's lane, causing a head-on collision.
Both the car and the semi trailer, which was carrying beer, caught on fire. A ruptured saddle tank caused the truck to spill about 100 gallons of diesel fuel.
Officials say the driver of the Mazda, a woman from Centennial, is confirmed dead. At least three passengers with serious injuries were taken to Vail Valley Medical Center. One of them, a boy, was later airlifted to Denver. The semi driver suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Both directions of I-70, from mile markers 116 to 132, were closed for hours.
The interstate was reopened shortly after 1:30 this afternoon.