Semi catches fire on I-70; causes major delays

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed at West 32nd Avenue Thursday, after a semi truck caught fire on the freeway.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said that both directions of the highway were closed just after 3 p.m. The westbound lanes of I-70 were later reopened.

Officials with CDOT said major delays are expected in the area because only one lane of eastbound I-70 is currently open. At 4 p.m., CDOT said eastbound I-70 was closed from 6th Ave. to 38th Ave. due to clean up efforts.

Drivers are encouraged to take 6th Avenue as an alternate route if possible.

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