A semi-truck flipped on Monday morning, temporarily blocking lanes on the notorious Million Dollar Highway in Colorado.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), U.S. Highway 550 temporarily closed on Monday after a semi-truck carrying concrete overturned and blocked portions of the highway. The crash occurred at about 8:25 a.m. near mile marker 87.9, just north of the town of Ironton in Ouray County. 

U.S. Highway 550, also known as the "Million Dollar Highway" runs 25 miles from the mountain towns of Silverton to Ouray. The mountain highway has been dubbed as one of the most dangerous roads in the country due to its steep grades, hairpin curves, and lack of guardrails. When this road shuts down, it means a detour that can add several hours of travel between Ouray and Silverton depending on road conditions.

RELATED: Read more about the Million Dollar Highway here

Though crash cleanup is currently underway, one lane has reopened to alternating traffic. Delays are expected to continue. According to the Durango Herald, travelers headed over Red Mountain Pass experienced delays of up 30 minutes.

Information about whether or not any injuries resulted from the wreck were not made available during initial contact. 

Check CDOT’s Facebook, Twitter (@coloradodot) or cotrip.org for closures and delays on highways and roads across Colorado.

Here's a look at where Ironton is located on a map:

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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Oh my god I've been on that road in all conditions. I hope he's okay. I hope all he needed was a new pair of underwear after that experience!

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