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The Latest: Parts of Interstate 70 reopened after crashes

November 25, 2018

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on crashes along Interstate 70 in Colorado (all times local):

7 p.m.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says closed sections of eastbound Interstate 70 to Vail Pass had reopened as of about 6:30 p.m., the Denver Post reports. The agency adds that at about 6:30 p.m. eastbound I-70 was reopened at Silverthorne.

Earlier Saturday, accidents and poor road conditions caused by heavy show and high winds led to several closures along Interstate 70 through central Colorado, the main thoroughfare to some of the state’s biggest ski resorts.

The Colorado Highway Patrol says a 20-vehicle pileup, including a jackknifed semi-trailer closed the eastbound lanes near Frisco at about 1 p.m. Saturday. Minor injuries were reported.

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2:57 p.m.

Accidents and poor road conditions caused by heavy show and high winds have led to several closures along Interstate 70 through central Colorado, the main thoroughfare to some of the state’s biggest ski resorts.

The Colorado Highway Patrol says a 20-vehicle pileup, including a jackknifed semi-trailer closed the eastbound lanes near Frisco at about 1 p.m. Saturday. Minor injuries were reported.

The Department of Transportation closed the eastbound lanes of I-70 near Vail Pass due to hazardous road conditions. Major crashes were reported west of Silverthorne and east of Frisco.

A winter storm warning was in effect for the area through 5 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service forecast up to 16 inches (41 centimeters) of snow with wind gusts up to 50 mph (80 kph), causing bitter cold wind chills and whiteout conditions.

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