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I-70 re-opens after two crashes Thursday night

Traffic was backed up, and lanes were closed Thursday night when two crashes happened within an hour of each other on I-70.

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — Both lanes on Interstate 70 reopened after two crashes, one involving five cars, happened within an hour of each other, said Wheat Ridge Police Department (WRPD).

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A pedestrian died Thursday after stepping into traffic on I-70 said WRPD. The driver stayed at the scene, police said. 

The crash happened at the Harlen exit, and WRPD said they closed both lanes at 6:45 p.m. on Twitter. 

WRPD also tweeted that they were at the scene of a five-car crash on I-70 at the Highway 58 exit.

One driver was cited for careless driving, but police said that alcohol or drugs were not a factor. No one was seriously injured, said WRPD. 

Alternate routes were advised due to these crashes. 

Police have not released any information about what led up to either of these collisions or the names of those involved. 

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