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1 killed in early morning crash in Denver

The crash involved three vehicles, according to police. Northbound lanes of I-25 at 8th Avenue were closed for several hours.

DENVER — The Denver Police Department (DPD) is investigating a head-on crash that killed one person early Saturday morning.

At about 2:35 a.m., a vehicle was traveling northbound on Interstate 25 when it was hit by another vehicle going against traffic near 8th Avenue, according to police.

The driver to the vehicle traveling northbound was killed in the crash and the passenger was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, police said.

The driver of the car going against traffic was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries, according to police. The driver, 23-year-old Morgan Hefley, is being held for investigation of vehicular homicide, DPD said.

While officers were investigating the crash, a third vehicle crashed into a DPD patrol vehicle, according to police. The driver of the third vehicle, 32-year-old Paul Espinosa, was arrested for investigation of DUI, DPD said.

The officer who was inside the patrol car at the time of the second crash was transported to the hospital for evaluation, according to DPD. The officer's injuries do not appear to be serious, DPD said.

Northbound lanes of I-25 were closed for several hours as police conducted their investigation.

CDOT reported all northbound lanes of I-25 and the onramps from U.S. 6 reopened just after 7 a.m.

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