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Truck Accident Closes Vail Pass and Ignites Small Wildland Fire

  • 21 September 2017
Truck Accident Closes Vail Pass and Ignites Small Wildland Fire
At approximately 5:10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, Vail Fire and Emergency Services and Eagle County Paramedic Service responded to a report of vehicle over the embankment at the eastbound I-70 mile marker 182.5. The first arriving unit reported that a semi truck was approximately 300 feet off the highway in a deep canyon. Crews observed smoke coming from the wreckage in an inaccessible part of the canyon.

Crews from Vail Fire Department rappelled into the canyon where they found a fire involving the cab of the truck that had also spread to adjacent vegetation. Crews then used rope equipment to lower a fire hose to the bottom of the canyon. A water tender from Lake Dillon Fire Rescue provided water to fight the fire. The fire was extinguished at approximately 6:30 p.m. 

The road was re-opened at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Assisting agencies included Eagle River Fire Protection District, Eagle County Paramedic District, Vail Mountain Rescue, Copper Mountain Fire Department, Lake Dillon Fire Rescue, Greater Eagle Fire District, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation, Vail Public Safety Communication Center and Vail Police.
Contact: Chief Mark Novak, 970-477-3474
Vail Fire & Emergency Services

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