I-70 reopens in both directions after semitruck crashes near Silverthorne

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — A semitruck rolled over on eastbound Interstate 70 near Silverthorne on Tuesday night, forcing the closure of the highway in both directions for six hours, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The crash happened four miles east of Silverthorne when the truck, traveling westbound, missed the runaway ramp. It went out of control and rolled over, with its load of pipes barreling into the eastbound lanes where they hit several vehicles.

A pickup truck was pushed off the interstate and down an embankment. The driver suffered minor injuries. A vehicle was also forced off the highway, but no one was injured. The semitruck driver suffered minor to moderate injuries, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The Colorado Department of Transportation also said about 500 feet of guardrail were damaged.

Westbound lanes were closed at the Loveland Pass exit (mile marker 216) and eastbound lanes were closed at Silverthorne (mile marker 205). The lanes were closed just before 7 p.m. and reopened about 1 a.m.

Additionally, U.S. 6 was closed over Loveland Pass because of adverse conditions, keeping drivers from crossing the Continental Divide and getting to the Denver metro area.

U.S. 40 over Berthoud Pass was closed as well because of a multivehicle crash, CDOT said. It reopened about 9:30 p.m.