I-70 reopened at Vail Pass following multiple crashes

VAIL, Colo. — Interstate 70 was closed in both directions at the summit of Vail Pass due to multiple crashes early Friday evening, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

CDOT said the crashes were located west of Vail Pass Summit at about mile marker 189. It described the shutdown as a “safety closure.”

Colorado State Patrol said the crashes involve between six and eight cars and one commercial vehicle.

Initially, only the westbound lanes were closed.

Both directions of the highway were reopened by 7:20 p.m.

I-70 in the mountains has been closed a number of times during the past week due to avalanches and crashes.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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