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I-25 back open at Baptist Rd. following semi-truck rollover

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
Published On: Aug 08 2013 11:50:04 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 08 2013 07:24:46 PM CDT

Several drivers were frustrated by the closure of I-25 at Baptist Road for about two hours Thursday. Joe Dominguez reports.

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -

Colorado State Patrol said the man behind the wheel of a semi-truck that flipped over on Interstate 25 will not spend the night in a hospital.

A State Patrol spokesman said there are officially no injuries reported in the wreck, which shut down I-25 traffic for close to two hours Thursday.

Southbound I-25 at Baptist Road reopened around 1 p.m.

It was closed just before 11 a.m when the truck ended up on it's side, blocking both lanes of traffic.

State troopers have not released a cause for the crash.

The closure caused long delays that stretched to the El Paso County line. Northbound traffic was also slowed by the wreck.

Many drivers were diverted off the highway at Baptist Road and asked to take Struthers Road south to North Gate Boulevard.

Other drivers decided to wait out the road closure at the Diamond Shamrock, just off the Baptist Road exit.

"We've been on the highway backed up there for about an hour and 15 minutes," said Sheryl Mason.

She was coming from Littleton to pick up her grandson in Colorado Springs and did not want to get lost on the detour.

Mason said despite the frustration on the road, waiting out the reunion at the gas station is not the worst way to spend the day.

"Going to the spa would be nice," said Mason. "Maybe that's tomorrow."

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