JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Westbound lanes of Interstate 70 reopened Sunday evening, several hours after a dump truck was hit by a pickup truck, causing the dump truck to roll over, striking the guard rail and sending debris onto 6th Avenue below.
“At this time there does not appear to be any serious damage to the bridge structure,” said Stacia Sellers, CDOT Communications Specialist.
The 69-year-old man driving a Ford F1-150 that crashed into the dump truck was rushed to the hospital with minor injuries. The 45-year-old driver of the dump truck also had minor injuries but should be fine, according to Colorado State Patrol.
The impact of the crash on I-70 overturned the dump truck but the case is still under investigation, troopers said.
“It shouldn’t affect the morning commute tomorrow, motorists won’t be affected by it,” Sellers told CBS4 on Sunday evening.
The crash was first reported at 1:30 p.m. keeping crews busy for hours. They had to clean up the asphalt the dump truck spilled and the fuel that leaked. A HazMat team was also on scene. After clearing the road and making repairs on site, lanes reopened on I-70 around 7 p.m.
Crews were able to get traffic moving again on westbound 6th Avenue sooner but reduced drivers to one lane.
Drivers may notice some temporary barriers near the crash but crews will be back over the next two weeks to do patch work and make permanent repairs.
“We just ask motorists to be conscientious when you’re driving,” Sellers added.