A fiery crash on a Colorado freeway involving at least 15 cars and tractor-trailers killed several people and injured at least ten more.
The officers did not state how many were killed, but said that it was "several deaths" on Thursday's crash and the subsequent fire on Interstate 70 in Lakewood, Colorado, about eight miles west of Denver. come. A firefighter was among the people who were taken to a local hospital when rubble, possibly a hoop, exploded.
The accident occurred around 16:30. When a semi-trailer crashed into several stopped cars during a high-speed traffic jam, the police said. The driver of this semi-finished product has survived.
"The I-70's eastbound traffic was due to a crash further ahead or near the deadlock. The Semi was headed east and ended with the cars stopped." Ty said Countryman, Lakewood Police Department official , "We've been in it for almost four or five hours, and our crash investigation really has not started in the face of the size of the crash."
The authorities avoided paying a fixed price on Thursday night at a press conference because rescue workers were still working to eliminate hot spots at the scene.
"The back of my truck lifted me and pushed me forward, and I hit other cars," Brian Dickey, who was involved in the accident, told the ABG subsidiary KMGH. "When I came to a stop, I looked in my rearview mirror and everything I saw was a bunch of flames and I jumped out of the vehicle as fast as I could, there was so much fire that I could not even get closer really look at the other vehicles to see if there were any other survivors or what. "
He said the accident could become one of the worst in the city's history.
"This seems to be one of the worst accidents we've had here in Lakewood," Countryman said.
The authorities said at least 12 cars and three tractor units were involved, but Countryman said these numbers could change on Friday morning as investigators start "pulling things apart".
"Given the fire that occurred when the crash took place, it's very difficult to say," Countryman said , "There is a true bloodbath there, as far as the debris is concerned, what was left of cars and trucks, along with the cargoes that were in the semi-finished product, and such things."
Countryman said one Semi wore wood, another wore gravel, and the third wore mattresses. The truck carrying wood seems to be "the one who took everything," he said.
Investigators say they're watching social videos from the scene in which shots of a passing half-time were stopped just seconds before the collision. The highway was blocked in both directions after the accident and drivers were asked to avoid the area.
Late on Thursday evening, no charges had been brought against any of the drivers.
ABC New Clayton Sandell, Becky Perlow and Marilyn Heck contributed to this report.