I-70 closed after crash involving 9 semitrailers in Arapahoe County


A semitruck jackknifed on Interstate 70 in Arapahoe County on Wednesday afternoon, leading to a domino-effect multi-vehicle crash involving eight additional semitrailers and about a dozen passenger vehicles. The crash and winter storm conditions forced a shutdown of the highway, though no injuries were reported.

The crash happened at about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday in the eastbound lanes of I-70 near Byers, said Master Trooper Gary Cutler, a Colorado State Patrol spokesman.

Blowing snow had created white-out conditions at the time of the incident, Cutler said. Troopers in the area reported zero visibility.

At least one truck is leaking gasoline and a hazardous materials team is working at the crash site. Cutler said the highway will likely be shut down for hours as crews clear the wreckage.


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