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DENVER — Two accidents on southbound Interstate 25 caused delays of nearly 100 minutes from the northern metro area to the Denver Tech Center on Tuesday morning.

The first accident involving an SUV blocked the two left lanes of the interstate before Alameda Avenue. In the backup, a crash just south of Sixth Avenue affected the right lane.

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The accidents turned the interstate into a virtual parking lot. It was taking drivers 85 minutes to get from Interstate 70 to Interstate 225. And farther north, it was taking another 20 minutes to get from 120th Avenue to I-70.

All lanes were reopened by 7:30 a.m., but traffic remained heavy on the first day back to work after the three-day Labor Day weekend.

Earlier, a rollover accident on westbound U.S. 36 at Pecos Boulevard caused a spill and closed the HOV lanes, but the lanes reopened before 7 a.m.

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