SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — Travel over and under the Continental Divide became a snowy entanglement of cars and trucks late Thursday afternoon.
The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed shortly after 5 p.m. due to a multiple-vehicle collision east of the Eisenhower Tunnel.READ MORE: With Face Masks No Longer Mandated For Those Who Are Vaccinated, Business Owners Navigate Uncertainty
After 5:30, westbound traffic west of the tunnel was brought to a halt by a separate crash.
Loveland Pass, too, had its share. It was also closed.
A cluster of moderate snow showers is moving across the I-70 corridor this evening leading to very poor road conditions. While this cluster of showers may move past the area shortly, another cluster of snow showers is developing near Vail that will work its way eastward. #COwx https://t.co/QGUThbzLzt pic.twitter.com/GKbFfyJusg
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) April 22, 2021READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Governor's Office Lifts Face Mask Mandate For Those Who Are Vaccinated
According to unconfirmed radio traffic from the scene, the eastbound crash involved 10 vehicles, one person was transported to a hospital via ambulance, and another driver was under investigation for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
Westbound I-70 was declared back open at 8:20 p.m. and eastbound cleared at 9:40. But as of midnight, the road over Loveland Pass was still closed.
The closures felt like a repeat performance. Both directions of I-70 were closed Wednesday evening due to snowy road conditions and wrecks as well. Those accidents occurred on sections of highway farther away from the tunnel than Thursday’s incidents. Eastbound I-70 was closed immediately west of Denver and eastbound in Silverthorne, negating travel to about two hours along the entire stretch of the highway.MORE NEWS: COVID In Colorado: Excitement Builds As Children Ages 12-15 Begin To Get Pfizer Vaccine