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By Phil Helsel
At least two people were killed on Thursday in an accident involving three Semis and a dozen cars on Interstate 70 near Denver. According to the authorities, there was a fire that damaged a bridge and closed the highway.
Multiple deaths were confirmed and six people were taken to local hospitals, said Lakewood Police Department official Ty Countryman, who did not know the conditions they were transporting.
The number of people killed in the crash reported just before 5 pm The West of Denver was not known on Thursday night, the Lakewood Police Department said.
"We're still coming to the rubble," he said. The fire was extinguished, but the flames and hot spots prevented investigators from coming to the crashed vehicles earlier.
A half-headed eastbound vehicle crash collided with vehicles stopped east to 1-70 due to another crash, Countryman said.
The driver of one of the semi-finished products He was among the six hospital stays, he said.
Officials initially said that at least one person was killed, but Countryman said at least one more death had been confirmed in the rubble wood spilled the highway and vehicles on fire.
Significant damage has been done to a bridge over the I-70 and the road has been damaged by the fire, Countryman said. "The bridge was not affected by the collision. It's all about the heat of the fire, "he said.
Countryman said earlier he did not know what the three Semis would bring, but the" most important "seemed to be dragging some wood based on videos.
"I was trying to get downhill and all you hear is this huge boom, and then the big black smoke just went away," one station witness said, "and then you start, that crackling sound and things explode. "
" It was just really scary. Nobody really knew what was going on, "she said.
Both directions of I-70 near Denver West Parkway were closed after the crash, and Countryman said he expected the closure of the freeway overnight.