Interstate 76 reopens after semitrailer crashes into bridge

DENVER (KDVR) — The Colorado State Patrol responded to Interstate 76 at Highway 224/70th Avenue for a crash involving a semitrailer Monday afternoon.

According to CSP, the overpass in the area was shut down. The crash was reported initially at 2:35 p.m. as a multi-vehicle crash. Both directions of the interstate were closed, but eastbound lanes reopened at about 5 p.m. About 20 minutes later, the westbound lanes reopened.

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There was no word on injuries.

  • A piece of heavy equipment that fell off the truck carrying it on I-76 near Dahlia.
    A piece of heavy equipment that fell off the truck carrying it on I-76 near Dahlia. (Courtesy Alex Kraminsky)
  • Firefighters on scene of a wreck on I-76 near Dahlia Street.
    Firefighters on scene of a wreck on I-76 near Dahlia Street. (Courtesy Alex Kraminsky)
  • A piece of heavy equipment that fell off the truck carrying it on I-76 near Dahlia.
    A piece of heavy equipment that fell off the truck carrying it on I-76 near Dahlia. (Courtesy Alex Kraminsky)
  • A vehicle that was damaged by a piece of heavy equipment that fell off the truck carrying it on I-76 near Dahlia. (Courtesy Alex Kraminsky)
    A vehicle that was damaged by a piece of heavy equipment that fell off the truck carrying it on I-76 near Dahlia. (Courtesy Alex Kraminsky)
  • Firefighters on scene of a wreck on I-76 near Dahlia Street.
    Firefighters on scene of a wreck on I-76 near Dahlia Street. (Courtesy Alex Kraminsky)
  • A piece of heavy equipment that fell off the truck carrying it on I-76 near Dahlia.
    A piece of heavy equipment that fell off the truck carrying it on I-76 near Dahlia. (Courtesy Alex Kraminsky)

SkyFOX flew over the crash at about 3:15 p.m. and found both east and westbound lanes were closed. Some kind of heavy construction equipment had tipped off a semitrailer and a leak was visible on the roadway.

At about 4:45 p.m., the Colorado Department of Transportation confirmed multiple cars were damaged in the wreck, and all traffic was at a standstill. The cars had been cleared as of the last CDOT update, but CDOT’s bridge team was evaluating damage done to the Dahlia Street bridge while others worked to clear the semitrailer, oil spilled from the truck and other debris that fell from the truck after it struck the bridge.

On Tuesday, CDOT confirmed the bridge was safe in its current condition, but that there would be some traffic restrictions.

There will be a single-lane closure of westbound I-76, the lane under the damaged section of the bridge, while crews continue to access the bridge. The lane is expected to reopen in a few days.

The northbound lane of Dahlia Street over I-76 will be closed while inspectors perform a more in-depth assessment of the bridge.

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