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Adams County deputy involved in rollover crash, I-70 shut down near Watkins

The deputy was taken to the hospital but was awake and talking, according to the sheriff's office
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WATKINS, Colo. — An Adams County deputy was involved in a rollover crash on Interstate 70 near Watkins, according to a tweet from the Adams County Sheriff's Office (ACSO).

In a second tweet, the sheriff's office said the deputy was taken to the hospital but was awake and talking prior to being transported from the scene. 

The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) based in Limon said in a tweet that the highway was being shut down in that area due to "multiple crashes" and "very poor" visibility.  CSP is handling the investigation into the crash. 

Conditions on that portion of I-70 are snowy and there are strong winds, according to CDOT. 

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 By 10 a.m. Friday the central Denver Metro could see 4 to 8 inches of new snow.  There will higher amounts in the southern and western parts of Metro Denver with up to 9-12 inches possible.  In the Front Range mountains and foothills up to one and a half feet of snow is expected.  Slightly less snow of 3 to 6 inches is forecast for Loveland, Ft. Collins, and Greeley.

Due to winter weather conditions, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is asking commuters to leave by 2 p.m. to avoid the worst of the storm and told drivers to essentially avoid the Interstate 70 mountain corridor.  

Closer to Denver, multiple cities and counties have been placed on accident alert. This includes Aurora, Broomfield, Douglas County, Castle Rock, Parker and Fort Collins to the north. 

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Drivers are encouraged not to call 911 for crashes and to instead exchange information unless someone has been hurt or there are drugs/alcohol involved.

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