“Lengthy Delays” on I-70 After FedEx Rig Hauling Doubles Crashes Into Colorado River

Rifle, CO – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) said “lengthy traffic delays” were caused after a FedEx tractor hauling twin trailers crashed into the Colorado River over the weekend.

A FedEx tractor hauling doubles was traveling along Interstate 70 when the driver lost control and went plunging into the Colorado River near Canyon Creek on Sunday during a winter storm.


In a traffic alert issued by CDOT on Tuesday, Public Information Officer Elise Thatcher informed that motorists traveling on eastbound I-70 between Rifle and Glenwood Springs would experience significant delays on Wednesday due to a vehicle recovery operation.

The removal operation, which included the use of a crane, was set to begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

The crane was positioned in the right-most eastbound lane of the interstate and closed to only one lane.

Over-wide vehicles were required to use an alternate route.


According to CDOT, the removal was successful and by Wednesday afternoon all eastbound lanes were reopened.

Thatcher urged all motorists to exercise patience and caution as another round of winter weather is expected.



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