Colorado’s I-70 has been closed in the Glenwood Canyon following a huge rockfall. Boulders the size of small cars fell from the canyon walls for the second straight day.
In the latest release, the boulders slammed into two semi-trucks that were traveling on the highway at the time. Neither of the drivers of the semis was injured. A passenger car was also hit by rockfall, with no injuries reported.
Colorado Department of Transportation have said that the interstate will be closed at least through the end of the day today.
From Colorado Department of Transportation Facebook Page:
“Folks, we are hard at work determining when 70 can reopen. Please expect the closure to last through the day. The alternate route for westbound motorists is north on CO 131 at Wolcott to Steamboat Springs, west on US 40 to Craig, then south on CO 13 to Rifle and back to I-70. This is a 203-mile alternate route that will take about three hours and 50 minutes to travel. This detour adds 146 miles and about three hours to a regular trip from Wolcott to Rifle on I-70, which is 67 miles or about 45 minutes. Please always check www.cotrip.org for roadway conditions before heading out.” – Colorado Department of Transportation