US Highway 40 reopens after accident cleanup |

US Highway 40 reopens after accident cleanup

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— A semi jackknifed Monday afternoon while coming down Rabbit Ears Pass on U.S. Highway 40 and blocked lanes in both directions for about two hours. No other cars were involved, and there were no injuries.

Poor weather conditions made it difficult for the driver of the semi to stay in the westbound lane, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Wes Kartus. The semi swerved into oncoming traffic twice, Kartus said.

The second time the truck came into oncoming traffic, the driver applied the brakes and the trailer began to rotate, eventually blocking all three lanes.

The trailer struck the cab of the truck and caused significant damage. A fuel tank on the truck ruptured and spilled diesel fuel.

The truck slid off the road on the north side of U.S. 40.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue also responded to the scene and assisted in the clean up.

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A tow truck responding from Steamboat had to drive up the westbound lane of U.S. 40 because of the traffic in the eastbound lane, Kartus said. The highway reopened at about 3:15 p.m.

A call to the State Patrol to determine whether the driver was issued a citation wasn't immediately returned Monday evening.