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Westbound lanes reopen on East Vail Pass after multi-vehicle crash

Vail pass crash march 24 2023
Posted at 9:09 AM, Mar 24, 2023

All westbound lanes of Interstate 70 closed on East Vail Pass Friday morning for several hours due to a multi-vehicle crash.

The crash was reported at 7 a.m.

The Vail Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Vail Fire and Emergency Services, Eagle County Paramedic Services, Colorado Department of Transportation and Vail Public Safety Communications Center all responded to the crash, according to the Town of Vail.

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The lanes closed around around 8 a.m. Friday. The closure ran from the Copper Mountain exit (exit 176) to Vail. They reopened around 12:20 p.m.

The crash involved two commercial motor vehicles.

According to the investigation, one of the vehicles was parked on the shoulder and was not obstructing traffic. The driver of the second vehicle, which was carrying two trailers behind it, collided with the parked vehicle.

Neither vehicle was carrying any dangerous materials. There was a minor diesel spill.

The driver and passenger of the parked vehicle were transferred to Vail Health for minor injuries. The driver of the at-fault vehicle, identified as Clinton Brownlee, 49, of Grand Junction, was also transported for minor injuries.

The Town of Vail reported that Brownlee was charged with careless driving causing injury.

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