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I-70 reopens after closure between Loveland Pass and Silverthorne

The closure was the result of a five-vehicle crash that left at least one person dead.

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 reopened Wednesday between the Loveland Pass and Silverthorne exits after a deadly crash involving five vehicles late Tuesday night, according to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP).

CSP received a call for the crash around mile marker 207 around 10:47 p.m. Tuesday night. The crash involved at least one semi-truck and left at least one person dead, according to Trooper Josh Lewis.

Lewis said one vehicle caught fire after the crash near Silverthorne, causing the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to close the interstate due to safety concerns.

I-70 was expected to be closed in both directions in that area throughout much of the day and includes the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnels, CDOT said. Traffic is detoured on US 6 Loveland Pass. 

Just before 11 a.m., CDOT announced that the eastbound lanes were back open. At 3:30 p.m. CDOT said the westbound lanes were also back open.

The crash occurred on a westbound I-70 bridge just east of Silverthorne and CDOT crews were clearing the debris and assessing the damage for repairs. 

RELATED: Overnight closure scheduled for Tuesday on I-70 eastbound through Glenwood Canyon

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