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EB Interstate 70 reopens at Vail after crashes cause multi-hour closure Saturday

UPDATE (7:39 p.m.): After crashes throughout the day on Interstate 70, including a major crash at MM203 on I-70 EB that caused a closure outside of Frisco on the other side of Vail Pass, Interstate 70 is now open.

Drivers are being asked to use caution.

– from the Vail Daily

DENVER (AP) — Accidents and poor road conditions caused by heavy show and high winds have led to several closures along Interstate 70 through central Colorado, the main thoroughfare to some of the state’s biggest ski resorts.

The Vail Daily reports that Vail Pass headed toward Denver is closed, I-70 EB at MM176 near Main Vail, with no estimated time of reopening. In addition, a major crash at MM203 on I-70 EB outside of Frisco on the other side of the pass has caused a closure.

The Colorado Highway Patrol says a 20-vehicle pileup, including a jackknifed semi-trailer closed the eastbound lanes near Frisco at about 1 p.m. Saturday. Minor injuries were reported.

The Department of Transportation closed the eastbound lanes of I-70 near Vail Pass due to hazardous road conditions. Major crashes were reported west of Silverthorne and east of Frisco.

A winter storm warning was in effect for the area through 5 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service forecast up to 16 inches of snow with wind gusts up to 50 mph, causing bitter cold wind chills and whiteout conditions.


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