UPDATE, 9:50 AM: All lanes of I-70 have been reopened near Byers.
BYERS, Colo. — Two separate accidents on westbound I-70 caused fatalities and closed down the roadway near the eastern Colorado town of Byers Monday morning.
The first was a single-vehicle accident that took place at mile marker 316. The Colorado State Patrol confirmed that there was one fatality on the scene and that another party was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
The second accident took place just two miles away at mile marker 318. The crash involved three vehicles, including a Ford Mustang with four occupants. Among those four, one was killed, one was in critical condition and two children were transported to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries.
Individuals in the other two vehicles involved in the second crash were all being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Both accidents are under investigation. There was no estimation when the interstate would reopen as of 5:30 a.m. Motorists are being rerouted on Highway 40.