Yesterday we reported on the rock slide that has turned I-70 into a disaster zone, closed the Glenwood Canyon stretch of the highway indefinitely, and forced motorists onto alternate routes including a 200-mile detour loop on US 40.
The bad news doesn't end there: This morning a woman was killed by a falling rock on US 40, according to The Steamboat Pilot / Steamboat Today:
A 55-year-old Craig woman was killed early this morning on U.S. Highway 40 between Hayden and Steamboat Springs when a boulder fell onto the roof of the vehicle she was riding in.
The incident [occurred] at about 7:17 a.m., Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Eric Wynn said. Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg described it a "freak accident." The woman, Karen Lynn Evanoff, was killed instantly, Ryg said.
Evanoff was a passenger in a 2004 Buick headed east on U.S. 40 toward Steamboat, where she worked. The basketball-sized rock came tumbling down Wolf Mountain, where the cliff band hugs the north side of U.S. 40 just past Mount Harris, Ryg said.
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Drive carefully out there, folks, and consider making alternate travel plans: We're seeing roundtrip flights from DIA to the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in the $139-275 range this week, so you might be able to avoid that drive (and detour) altogether if you have ski plans. Book now while you still can: Aspen's 10th Annual Spring Jam kicks off March 19 and a lot of people are going to be scrambling for ways to get there.