17 people injured in 49 vehicle crash on Pena Boulevard approaching DIA

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DENVER -- A crash involving 49 vehicles closed Pena Boulevard at 56th Avenue while approaching Denver International Airport for several hours on Saturday afternoon, the Denver Police Department said.

Police initially said that 30 vehicles were involved.

17 people were injured in the crash. Three people were treated at the scene and 14 people were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to an update from Denver police.

Airport officials first tweeted about the crash around 4 p.m. and said that Pena is closed between 40th and 56th avenues while approaching the airport.

Commuters headed to the airport can use Green Valley Ranch Boulevard to Tower Road to get back onto Pena Boulevard as an alternative route.

The crash happened while a band of snow moved across the Denver metro area on Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service in Boulder said that although most people along the Front Range only received a trace of snow, the airport received two inches of fresh snow.

Police said that no citations will be issued.

The road reopened around 9:15 p.m.

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