Multivehicle crash forces closure of eastbound I-70 at rush hour

GOLDEN, Colo. — Authorities closed eastbound Interstate 70 during rush hour early Wednesday evening because of a crash involving seven vehicles, according to the Colorado State Patrol’s Golden office.

The incident happened between the freeway’s junctions with Colfax Avenue and Denver West Boulevard.

CSP said a semitruck was involved in the crash. At least two people were taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.

The Lakewood Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the crash.

Shortly after 9 p.m., CSP said one lane of the interstate had reopened.

It said the cause of the crash was a truck losing its brakes. It then caught fire.

The truck was reportedly heading to Pennsylvania with a load of potatoes from the San Luis Valley.

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