DENVER – A multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 closed both directions of the highway through Glenwood Canyon for nearly three hours Wednesday afternoon.
Initial reports about the crash from CSP Eagle say 17 cars and 7 semi-trailers are involved.
#BREAKING I-70 in BOTH directions is CLOSED through the Glenwood Canyon due to a multi-car crash with injuries. Initial reports of 17 passenger cars and 7 semi's involved at I-70 MP 120 EB. Expect this to be an extended closure. #COtraffic - 4C10 pic.twitter.com/nw7an61crf— CSP Eagle (@CSP_Eagle) December 29, 2021
Additional ambulances and tow trucks were still responding to the scene of the crash by about 4 p.m., CPS officials said.
Due to the closure, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office warned drivers not to use Cottonwood Pass as a detour as it was closed for the season.
By 5:40 p.m., the westbound lanes of I-70 had reopened between West Glenwood and Dotsero, according to Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
A total of three semis and 15 cars will have to be towed, according to CSP spokesman Gary Cutler, who said four people were injured in this crash, with their injuries ranging from minor to moderate.
A definitive cause for the crash has not been identified, but CSP officials said weather was likely a factor.
The highway reopened by about 6 p.m.