Fast snowstorm causes wreck, snarls traffic on I-70

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (AP) A fast-moving morning snowstorm stopped traffic on Interstate 70 in both directions Wednesday afternoon and caused a three-vehicle accident.

Westbound traffic stopped near the Silverthorne exit at 12:30 p.m. when tractor-trailer jackknifed near a bridge and was hit by a delivery van and a passenger car, said Mike Roll, spokesman for the Silverthorne Fire Department.

Eastbound lanes from Silverthorne to the Eisenhower Tunnel were backed up after several vehicles slid on the icy road, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Westbound traffic resumed when the wrecked vehicles were hauled away after about 45 minutes. Eastbound traffic began moving slowly by about 6:30 p.m.

The driver of the delivery van and two people in the car were treated and released at the Summit Medical Center after the accident at the Silverthorne exit.

Their injuries were minor, said Beverly Johnson, a spokeswoman for St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, which operates Summit Medical Center. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not hurt. No names were released.

The van briefly caught fire but the flames burned out, Roll said. The driver of the van had to be cut out of the vehicle.

Winter Park got about five inches of snow in two hours and Eldora Ski Resort reported four inches of snow Wednesday afternoon, said Bill Ray, spokesman for the National Weather Service. Blowing snow reduced visibility.

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