Multi-car crash closes westbound Vail Pass

A multi-car pileup shut down westbound Interstate 70 on Vail Pass for about three hours Tuesday. No serious injuries were reported.

Just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, approximately 15 vehicles – including one tractor-trailer truck – were involved in pileup near mile marker 186 westbound on I-70. Four people were transported with minor injuries by ambulance to Vail Valley Medical Center.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but the road was icy and snow-packed at the time of the crash. Interstate 70 was closed at the Vail Pass Summit and at Copper Mountain until just after 1 p.m. because of the lengthy cleanup.

The Vail Fire Department, the Eagle County Paramedic Services, and the Colorado Department of Transportation responded to the scene with the Colorado State Patrol. Big Steve’s Towing, Lucas Towing, Affordable Towing, Ryan’s Recovery, and West Vail Shell assisted in the cleanup and recovery of vehicles.

The Colorado State Patrol would like to remind drivers to drive slowly and cautiously – especially this time of year, when the road conditions can change in an instant.

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