Snowstorm leads to several accidents, road closures, delays at DIA

DENVER -- A snowstorm led to several accidents across the Denver metro area and in the mountains, and delays at Denver International Airport on Monday morning.

Several areas went on accident alert, including Denver, Aurora, Longmont, Boulder, Broomfield, Centennial, Lone Tree, and Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

Westbound Interstate 70 was closed at Pecos Street because of several crashes. It reopened about 8:10 a.m.

Speer Boulevard was blocked off at Interstate 25 in Denver because of numerous slide-offs. As of 8:30 a.m., the Denver Police Department said it had responded to 78 traffic accidents.

In Aurora, an accident involving an RTD light rail train closed traffic in all directions of South Sable Boulevard and East Exposition Avenue. The closure lasted several hours, the Aurora Police Department said.

One person was injured in the accident and the R Line was shut down between the Florida Station and the 13th Avenue Station.

In Wheat Ridge, a jackknifed semitruck snarled traffic on westbound Interstate 70 at Highway 58.

Southbound Kipling Street was closed in Wheat Ridge between West 38th Avenue and West 32nd Avenue because of slick conditions on the hill. It reopened about 10:45 a.m.

In the mountains, eastbound Interstate 70 was closed at Silverthorne because of a vehicle fire in the Eisenhower Tunnel. The interstate reopened at 11 a.m.

Buses and trains were also experiencing delays across the Denver metro area, RTD said.

Just after 10 a.m., westbound Highway 36 was closed at McCaslin Boulevard because of several crashes and spinouts near Davidson Mesa.

By 10:30 a.m., Denver International Airport reported 96 flight delays and cancellations.

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