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DENVER -- One person was injured in a multivehicle crash that closed Interstate 270 for more than four hours on Wednesday morning, the Denver Police Department said.

The crash happened in the eastbound lanes before the Quebec Street exit about 4:30 a.m., and involved two semitrucks and three vehicles, police said.

At least one person had to be removed from a vehicle and was taken to a hospital with possible critical injuries, police said. The extent of the injuries was not known.

Eastbound I-270 was closed at Vasquez Boulevard and westbound I-270 was closed from the westbound I-70 off-ramp, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

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Traffic was a nightmare in the area, especially for those going to Denver International Airport on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Westbound lanes reopened about 8:15 a.m. Eastbound lanes opened about 9:15 a.m.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.