Westbound lanes of I-70 near Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels closed Monday morning after two tractor-trailers crash

One tractor-trailer crashed into another after losing its brakes, spilling pipes into the roadway

Ryan Spencer
Summit Daily
As of about 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the overturned tractor-trailer had been pulled back up on its wheels but much cleanup remained to be done.
Summit Fire & EMS/Courtesy photo

A tractor-trailer lost its brakes and collided with another truck Monday morning, Jan. 9, closing the Interstate 70’s westbound lane of travel at the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels for several hours, according to Summit Fire & EMS.

The driver of the second truck suffered minor injuries, Summit Fire & EMS said in a post to social media, when it overturned in the collision around 7:10 a.m. The overturned truck was carrying pipes, which spilled in the roadway. 

Colorado State Patrol’s Hazardous-Materials Unit was called for cleanup of spilled fuel, the post said. As of about 10 a.m. the overturned tractor-trailer had been pulled back onto its wheels but a significant amount of cleanup remained to be done and there was no estimate of when the westbound lanes would reopen, according to Summit Fire & EMS.

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