‘Everybody was in shock’

Close call on I-70 for CDOT workers

Posted 3/13/18

Kyle Cordova loves his job. He enjoys working outdoors in the mountains. And he takes pride in providing Coloradans roads to drive on that he believes are better than in any other state. Cordova, 27, …

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‘Everybody was in shock’

Close call on I-70 for CDOT workers

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Kyle Cordova loves his job. He enjoys working outdoors in the mountains. And he takes pride in providing Coloradans roads to drive on that he believes are better than in any other state.

Cordova, 27, is a transportation maintenance supervisor for CDOT. He manages a team of seven, and they maintain a section of road that starts near the C-470 and I-70 intersection and goes to about Floyd Hill, which is just past Evergreen.

At about 2 p.m. Feb. 21, Cordova and his crew responded to a cleanup call on the highway at exit 244 — the US-6 junction — after a beer truck heading westbound tipped over and spilled a load.

“There was beer and debris all over the ramp,” Cordova said.

The two lanes of I-70 stayed open, but the ramp was shut down and the crew used their maintenance vehicles as a blocking mechanism so they could safely perform the cleanup efforts, Cordova said.

However, at about 3 p.m., a motorist was speeding westbound, and as she tried to get into the left lane to avoid the ramp where the cleanup was occuring, her vehicle collided with another in the lane she was merging into, which caused the second vehicle to turn sideways. Then, both out-of-control, the two vehicles — a small sized SUV and a four-door sedan — came straight toward the work zone and almost hit four of the workers.

Luckily, all four were able to jump out of the way of the vehicles and avoid injury, Cordova said.

“Everyone was in shock,” Cordova said. “We were very lucky. (But) if we weren’t paying attention, we all could have been killed.”

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