Multi-car accident shuts down US 40 last Friday |

Multi-car accident shuts down US 40 last Friday

Sky-Hi News Staff Report

An accident on Friday, August 5 that was originally reported as a five-car accident was an eight-car accident.

The initial accident was triggered by a car turning into Olympic Village apartment complex on the northeast side of US Highway 40 in Granby on Red Dirt Hill.

Katie Riley, 24 who lives in Olympic Village, was driving from Granby.

“I had my blinker on and was at a complete stop,” she said.

“I noticed someone behind me and he stopped. He decided to get in the other lane and a truck came up and pushed his car to the right.”

Her car was bumped a little bit forward by the truck and luckily didn’t move into oncoming traffic.

All the vehicles involved in the accident were coming from Granby, she said.

There were no major injuries and Colorado State Patrol is investing, said Grand County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Lt. Dan Mayer.

The accident occurred around 4 p.m. Friday, August 5. The highway was closed for about 30 minutes and then reopened at 4:30 p.m. with alternating traffic. However, traffic was backed up in both directions until 6 p.m.

Grand County EMS, Colorado State Patrol, Grand Fire and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office responded.

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