Erratic Driver Struck, Killed On Interstate 70 When He Ran Onto Highway

A man acting erratically including repeatedly running into the middle of Interstate 70 was struck and killed Friday morning near Burlington, troopers say.

The Colorado State Patrol closed all lanes of westbound I-70 around 7 a.m. and is diverting traffic onto Highway 24, said Trooper Gary Cutler, CSP spokesman.

Meanwhile, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has issued an accident alert because of poor driving conditions during the snowstorm.

CSP will respond only to accidents with injuries, accidents involving disabled vehicles due to damage, accidents with damage to public property, accidents involving DUIs and hit and run accidents. For all other accidents, people should report the accident at the nearest CSP office or online, according to the Jefferson County notice.

Jeffco is on accident alert #cotraffic #cowx #MMTwx

— MyMountainTown (@MyMountainTown) January 11, 2019

Aurora and Colorado Springs are also on accident alert.

A vehicle crashed and rolled Friday morning on the 7500 block of Kipling Street, according to an Arvada police tweet.

“Roads are snow covered and every crash puts everyone in danger including emergency responders,” police said.

Single car crash 7500 Kipling. Roads are snow covered and every crash puts everyone in danger including emergency responders. #slowdown #DriveSafe @ArvadaFire @ArvadaPolice

— Arvada Police (@ArvadaPolice) January 11, 2019

It was snowing on the Eastern Plains when CSP received six emergency calls about a man driving a white Jeep Liberty erratically on the highway. He was repeatedly stopping his car, running out onto the highway and then getting back into his Jeep and driving again, Cutler said.

Light snow was falling when he stopped a third time on the highway, got out of his Jeep and ran into the road. This time he was struck and killed, Cutler said.

“I don’t know why he was doing odd things,” he said.

Troopers are currently investigating the crash, Cutler said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

WB I-70 is closed at Burlington. You will be rerouted to Hwy 24. Please slow down and be prepared.

— CSP Limon (@CSP_Limon) January 11, 2019

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