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GLENWOOD CANYON, Colorado – A 12-car pileup closed westbound I-70 for about two hours Friday afternoon in Glenwood Canyon. No one was seriously injured.

The westbound lanes of I-70 were shut down just after noon when 11 passenger cars and one semi-truck lost control and collided on the icy road near milepost 129.

Two occupants from one vehicle were transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs for minor injuries.

A white pickup, believed to be the first vehicle involved, left the scene.

Anyone with information on this vehicle is asked to contact the Colorado State Patrol at 945-6198.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, the Gypsum Fire Department, the Eagle County Ambulance District and the Colorado Department of Transportation responded to the scene along with the Colorado State Patrol.

Big Steve’s Towing, Lucas Towing, Western Slope Towing and West Vail Shell Towing all responded to the scene to help recover vehicles.

With unpredictable winter in full force, the Colorado State Patrol reminds drivers to please take your time and drive carefully, and help ensure that Colorado roadways are safe for everyone this holiday season.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Colorado Mountain College board of directors met in special session on Friday to discuss an undisclosed personnel matter, but took no action following a brief executive session, according to spokeswoman Debra Crawford.

This was the second special meeting this month at which the board went behind closed doors to talk about personnel matters.

Crawford said that she could not divulge the subjects of the meetings, which took place on Dec. 7 and 21, due to confidentiality requirements.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency has released a progress report on its research into potential impacts of natural gas hydraulic fracturing and drilling on drinking water.

The update released Friday doesn’t come to any conclusions and the final report won’t be released until 2014.

The EPA says information on fracking chemicals has been collected from nine companies and 24,925 wells. Computer analysis is also being done on well construction.

The EPA says it is working with scientists, the industry, and environmental groups to examine any possible impacts. Sampling at five locations in Colorado, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas has been completed, and lab studies are being done on drilling wastewater.

The industry and many states say the process is safe when done properly, but critics dispute that.

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