Police: Driver speeding through cone zone in crash that closed I-70 at rush hour

Pickup truck blocks EB traffic on I-70 east of Denver near Colfax

Pickup truck blocks EB traffic on I-70 east of Denver near Colfax

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — Police say speeding in a cone zone and inattentive driving played roles in a strange crash Friday that shutdown eastbound I-70 near E. Colfax and caused backups for miles during the evening commute.

It happened along a section of I-70 just east of Denver that is down to one lane in each direction because of road construction.

A pickup truck became wedged across the single lane between the guardrail on one side and the concrete barrier on the other. It totally blocked eastbound travel. Aurora PoliceĀ  forced drivers to get off eastbound I-70 at Tower Road to find alternate routes.

“When the driver came upon slower traffic. He hit his brakes which caused him to strike the center jersey barrier. The impact caused the rear end of his truck to swing around wedging the pickup truck between the center barrier and the guardrail,” Aurora PD said on its Facebook page.

“Witnesses stated that the driver was speeding prior to the crash. The driver was not injured and was issued a summons.”

The people heading that direction were stopped and had nowhere to go while crews figured out how to remove the pickup from its predicament. The highway was closed from 4:15 until 5:45 p.m.

“This crash is a good reminder to the motoring public to slow down in construction zones and for them to pay extra attention to the road ahead of them as traffic conditions can change at a moments notice,” police said.