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Icy roads cause two Highway 40 incidents

Traffic stopped for more than an hour east of Hayden

Craig Daily Press Staff Report
A truck driver puts chains on his tires this morning near Mount Harris on the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 40, just east of Hayden. Earlier in the morning, the same stretch of highway had been closed for more than an hour due to a vehicle blocking both lanes. Deputy Dara Frick, of the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, said the Colorado Department of Transportation had to sand the roadway to remove the stuck vehicle.
Ben McCanna





A truck driver puts chains on his tires this morning near Mount Harris on the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 40, just east of Hayden. Earlier in the morning, the same stretch of highway had been closed for more than an hour due to a vehicle blocking both lanes. Deputy Dara Frick, of the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, said the Colorado Department of Transportation had to sand the roadway to remove the stuck vehicle.
Ben McCanna

— Icy road conditions are the suspected cause of two traffic incidents this morning on U.S. Highway 40 east of Hayden, a Routt County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

The first incident involved two vehicles near Hayden.

The spokeswoman said a Dodge Durango slid to the side of the road about 6:30 a.m. as it was traveling east. She said the vehicle made contact with a Jeep Wagoneer, but no air bags were deployed.



One of the drivers was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. The spokeswoman said the driver sustained minor injuries, but the exact condition was unknown.

The second incident was of a vehicle spinning out of control and coming to rest in the middle of both lanes of traffic on the highway, near mile marker 115 east of Hayden.

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The vehicle spun out of control about 7:30 a.m., blocking both lanes of traffic. A truck was brought in to spread sand under and around the vehicle so it could have traction to be moved from traffic, the spokeswoman said.

Deputy Dara Frick was one of several Routt County deputies to respond to the incident. Frick said the Colorado Department of Transportation sanded the icy road section for the safety of future traffic.

“We were waiting for (CDOT) before we opened up the highway because it was that slick,” she said. “They sanded for us and that’s how we removed the vehicle.”

Traffic began moving both ways again by about 8:50 a.m., the spokeswoman said. No one was injured in the incident.

Frick had a few words of caution for drivers in the Yampa Valley this morning.

“Slow down — it’s slick out there,” she said.


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