Heavy snow, multiple crashes force cl...

Heavy snow, multiple crashes force closure of I-70 over Vail Pass

There are 15 comments on the Fox 31 KDVR story from Apr 1, 2010, titled Heavy snow, multiple crashes force closure of I-70 over Vail Pass. In it, Fox 31 KDVR reports that:

An accident involving an estimated 20 to 30 vehicles has closed Interstate 70 over Vail Pass for more than five hours.

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summit county

Dillon, CO

#1 Apr 1, 2010
Texans.... that's why.
Bigrig

Brighton, CO

#2 Apr 1, 2010
Four wheelers thinking they can fly up and down with their all wheel drive/four wheel drive cars and suv's. SLOW DOWN! DON'T CUT OFF TRUCKS AND NEVER SLAM ON YOUR BREAKS IN FRONT OF A TRUCK! WE CAN'T STOP!
GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR BUTTS AND LOOK AHEAD OF YOUR FREAKIN CARS!
Pendijo

Chesterfield, MO

#3 Apr 2, 2010
summit county wrote:
Texans.... that's why.
Get over it.!!
Elbert

Kiowa, CO

#4 Apr 2, 2010
Bigrig wrote:
Four wheelers thinking they can fly up and down with their all wheel drive/four wheel drive cars and suv's. SLOW DOWN! DON'T CUT OFF TRUCKS AND NEVER SLAM ON YOUR BREAKS IN FRONT OF A TRUCK! WE CAN'T STOP!
GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR BUTTS AND LOOK AHEAD OF YOUR FREAKIN CARS!
I drove back from Utah last Friday in the same conditions, with cars and trucks wrecked, like a parking lot, yes Vail pass was once again closed, which forced me to pull a 28 footer over Tennessee pass through Leadville.
Here was the problems that I noticed were blatantly obvious:

1) CDOT had ignored the roadways during the buildup of the storm, until the accidents began, then it was too late. No mag chloride, and no gravel/salt mix, one blade both directions.

2) The electronic signs were posted all the way from Grand Junction that the chain law was posted for EB Vail pass for commercial vehicles. 80% of truck traffic drove right past the chain up areas attempting Vail pass. Numerous tractor trailers drove until they slid-out, then proceeded to chain up in the middle of traffic lanes, causing 8 mile jams, both lanes. These forced 4 wheelers to do stupid things crashing around them, trying to get past.

3) I70 corridor needed at least a 3rd lane over 25 years ago. Now it needs a 3rd lane, and light rail to get the skiers to the slopes, and off the highway. The Governors motto 35 years ago was-"if we don't build it, they won't come". We didn't build it, and they came, but what the heck the environmentalists are happy.
Pendijo

Chesterfield, MO

#5 Apr 2, 2010
Hey Elbert or is it Ebert...You actally know how to read Amazing. I would think that you spend most of your time Ranting about Mexicans and attending White supremicy meetings.I heard thru the grapevine that Habitat for Humanity is going to be building some homes near Kiowa to house Latino Farm Workers.Any truth to that ?Maybe they can make you some good Buritos.
Madd

San Jose, CA

#6 Apr 2, 2010
Witness the results of the Democrat's state budget cuts. Why don't they cut their salaries instead?
whaaaaaaa

Denver, CO

#7 Apr 2, 2010
I don't care how many wheels you have propelling your vehicle. People should still invest in appropriate winter tires and/or chains. If you still manage to lose control after doing so, then let your boyfriend/husband drive.

Don't get me started on ski traffic. I can't even begin to count the number of vehicles I see (on the weekends) with ONE, lonesome occupant and a pair of skis on the rack Hate traffic? then carpool and stop complaining.
wow

Golden, CO

#8 Apr 2, 2010
I love it when the idiot tourists get introduced to snow for the first time.
Alathea

Denver, CO

#9 Apr 2, 2010
Pendijo wrote:
Hey Elbert or is it Ebert...You actally know how to read Amazing. I would think that you spend most of your time Ranting about Mexicans and attending White supremicy meetings.I heard thru the grapevine that Habitat for Humanity is going to be building some homes near Kiowa to house Latino Farm Workers.Any truth to that ?Maybe they can make you some good Buritos.
Hey, Pendijo, I agree with you on a lot of things, but this seemed unfair. I have read Elbert's posts, and while he is against illegal immigration, I haven't seen anything racist. Did I miss something? I thought this was a good post by him.

I would like to wish you a meaningful Good Friday, BTW.
Pendijo

Chesterfield, MO

#10 Apr 2, 2010
Alathea. This was posted approx 8.20am today on The article about Denver street sweeping.
I Quote..Pendijo wrote:
<quoted text>
Beware the Hispanics are taking over your neighborhood. Remember where you put your sheet.
Don't know where my sheet is, but certainty know where the 45, 40, 9mm, and both 12 gauges are...
And everyone here understands how to use them. Sure sounds Racist to me...What do you think ?
Alathea

Denver, CO

#11 Apr 2, 2010
Oh, man. That thread was ugly, for the most part. I read it all, Pendijo. That was not a good comment by Elbert. You also were responsible for heating things up, though, in fairness. I can see why you were reacting, but the illegal immigrant problem is really a hot-button issue right now. I think there would be a lot less general prejudice against Hispanics if we didn't have the influx of illegals and the burdens some of them bring to our neighborhoods. The stereotypes spill over, you know? They do on religious issues, too, as that thread also showed. I'm Greek, and you guys might be putting up with a lot more of us in the future, too, the way things are over there. Funny thing is, you agree with those guys politically, and they probably would get along with you just fine as well. Too much heat and not enough light all the way around. I think most people are well meant, but life gets in the way.

Happy Easter.
Pendijo

Chesterfield, MO

#12 Apr 2, 2010
Alathea wrote:
Oh, man. That thread was ugly, for the most part. I read it all, Pendijo. That was not a good comment by Elbert. You also were responsible for heating things up, though, in fairness. I can see why you were reacting, but the illegal immigrant problem is really a hot-button issue right now. I think there would be a lot less general prejudice against Hispanics if we didn't have the influx of illegals and the burdens some of them bring to our neighborhoods. The stereotypes spill over, you know? They do on religious issues, too, as that thread also showed. I'm Greek, and you guys might be putting up with a lot more of us in the future, too, the way things are over there. Funny thing is, you agree with those guys politically, and they probably would get along with you just fine as well. Too much heat and not enough light all the way around. I think most people are well meant, but life gets in the way.
Happy Easter.
Alathea...You never know what people are really thinking.I was born in the US grew up in Miami and NYC..Multi Racial Cultures..I learned about tolerance early in life. I do not believe in being prejudice in any form or manner and judge people one at a time.This type of comment really ticked me off. I have been to Cypress, Greece and Turkey Beautiful and interesting places. I have seen the Best of our Country in NYC on 9/11 and after and the worst at times.No need to hate a whole group of people..Oh yes some people you can egg on and some you can't,case in point here. Well never the less Happy Easter to All.!!!
Elbert

Kiowa, CO

#13 Apr 2, 2010
Alathea wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey, Pendijo, I agree with you on a lot of things, but this seemed unfair. I have read Elbert's posts, and while he is against illegal immigration, I haven't seen anything racist. Did I miss something? I thought this was a good post by him.
I would like to wish you a meaningful Good Friday, BTW.
Thank you, you are correct Alathea, racism is in the eye of the beholder..not mine.
Also Iím against big government, and big government spending of TAX dollars. None of which has gone to benefit this topic-Vail pass or the I70 corridor, in which Pendijo has no clue about, nor should be commenting on. And what does the race card have to do with highway maintenance anyway?
Thanks..
we were there

Broomfield, CO

#14 Apr 2, 2010
whaaaaaaa wrote:
I don't care how many wheels you have propelling your vehicle. People should still invest in appropriate winter tires and/or chains. If you still manage to lose control after doing so, then let your boyfriend/husband drive.
Don't get me started on ski traffic. I can't even begin to count the number of vehicles I see (on the weekends) with ONE, lonesome occupant and a pair of skis on the rack Hate traffic? then carpool and stop complaining.
My husband was driving and he did a great job making sure we stayed safe. We were okay until a pickup rearended us and then his trailer swung around and hit us again. We sat on the highway for 4 hours and our car was totaled because people were driving too fast for the conditions, not because it was me driving versus my husband.
we were there

Broomfield, CO

#15 Apr 2, 2010
summit county wrote:
Texans.... that's why.
This accident did not happen due to Texans. It happened because people in general were driving too fast for the conditions. Thanks to those who were driving too fast for the conditions, our car was totaled, we sepnt 4 hours in a cold van waiting for help, and we missed our vacation.

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