Update: Beavertail Tunnel is Back Open From Semi-truck and Tanker Crash

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MESA COUNTY

A semi truck without a trailer weighs between 10,000 and 25,000 pounds, but twisted metal and crushed concrete is what happened on a Wednesday afternoon (October 14th) when a semi truck carrying a tanker trailer hit the guard rail, and then crashed into the wall of the Beavertail Tunnel, the tractor catching fire, and shutting down I-70.

Now, the tunnel is back open, and commuters are heading to their destination, but some of the debris remains, and so does the question, how did this happen?

The Colorado State Patrol still doesn’t know the cause of the crash, but a CSP official says the single driver is a 49-year-old male from Grand Junction who was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, but the extent of the injuries remain unknown.

CSP says the driver was cited for no insurance and careless driving.

The Beavertail Tunnel was re-opened at 2:16 am Thursday morning (October 15) after a major operation took place overnight with a crane helping to remove the monster tanker.

The payload of the tanker is still unknown, but an empty truck and trailer weighs 35,000 pounds and 40 tons when loaded.

KREX 5 will update the details of the

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