DEBEQUE, Colo. (CBS4)– A trailer struck the inside of the Beavertail Tunnel on Interstate 70 and burst into flames on Wednesday afternoon. The crash kept both directions of I-70 closed near DeBeque for a short time but eastbound lanes were closed for a much longer time. They were back open Thursday morning.
The crash happened just after 2 p.m. The driver was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.READ MORE: Educator Maggie Stastny Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison After Having Sex With Inmate At Juvenile Detention Center
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*** TRAFFIC ALERT*** Update to road closure on I-70 at mile 51 Beaver Tail Tunnel pic.twitter.com/CjA341gD0GREAD MORE: COVID In Colorado: Douglas County Commissioners Approve Resolution Defying Indoor Face Mask Mandate
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Eastbound traffic was diverted onto a frontage road while crews evaluated if the tunnel was structurally safe.