AURORA, Colo. — Eastbound Interstate 70 was closed for several hours after a fatal accident involving a semi-truck and a motorcycle late Monday morning just west of Tower Road, the Aurora Police Department said.
Two motorcycles were traveling eastbound on I-70 between Airport Boulevard and Tower Road about 11:18 a.m., police said. This is a construction zone and narrows from two lanes to one.
The initial investigation revealed that the adult male riders were trying to pass a semi-tractor trailer. The riders’ handlebars touched, causing one motorcycle to veer to the left and strike two orange construction zone barrels used to direct traffic.
The rider lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown under the rear trailer wheels of the semi-tractor trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Motorists were being taken off I-70 at Airport Road. They were advised to avoid the area and to use an alternate route, especially if traveling to Denver International Airport.
All lanes we reopened as of 5 p.m., the Aurora Police Department said.