Accident on westbound I-70 kills motorist

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By Beth Potter

One man was killed early Monday in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 that snarled westbound traffic for several hours near the Lookout Mountain exit.

The 59-year-old male driver of a 2006 Lexus SUV died at the scene, said State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid. The driver was from Littleton. No other information about the driver or the crash was immediately available.

Police believe the accident happened about 4:45 a.m., and they're looking for witnesses to the crash. One witness said the Lexus was driving at a high rate of speed when it drove off the road.  

Skid marks indicated the SUV traveled across two lanes before apparently crashing into the hillside on the north side of the highway.

Orange traffic cones blocked off the right westbound lane for at least three hours. At least four police vehicles with emergency lights flashing remained on the scene at 8:30 a.m.

Two lanes of traffic were blocked earlier at 5:28 a.m. in the Mount Vernon Canyon/Lookout Mountain area because of the accident, according to a Colorado Department of Transportation alert. 

Police reopened all lanes to traffic about 10:40 a.m., according to CDOT.

Motorists can check online or on their smart phones at cotrip.org, the CDOT Mobile application for road information. They can also dial 511 on their phones to listen to updated road information, including road closure information.