Gabriel Christus
Traffic was backed up for hours after a semi truck crashed and spilled flammable liquids Thursday, June 14, 2012 on eastbound I-70 near Genesee.
Volume, geography make I-70 problematic

Between high volumes of traffic, 6 percent grade declines, vehicles exceeding the speed limit and poor weather conditions, Interstate 70 eastbound from El Rancho toward Denver seems to be a magnet for accidents. The westbound lanes are equally problematic.

According to Colorado State Patrol, between I-70 mile marker 252 at the El Rancho exit and mile marker 259 at the Morrison/Dinosaur Ridge exit, the agency covered 144 accidents in 2014; 163 in 2015; and 156 last year.