Interstate 70 open after multi-car pileups |

Interstate 70 open after multi-car pileups

Interstate 70 is now open in both directions following two pileup crashes that together involved more than 50 vehicles and closed the highway for more than four hours this afternoon.

Five people have been hospitalized for injuries in the crash, and one was transported to a Denver with serious injuries.

Twenty-five vehicles crashed in the first accident just after 1 p.m. near the Silverthorne exit as heavy snowfall collected on the roads and limited visibility.

The second accident occurred just hours later, when 29 vehicles piled up on the eastbound lanes of I-70 between the two Frisco exits.

The highway closed westbound from Georgetown to Silverthorne and eastbound over Vail Pass and between Frisco and Silverthorne.

“They have slide offs and crashes in both directions,” Colorado State Patrol trooper Nate Reid said earlier today. “They’ve closed it eastbound at the 176 in Vail trying to keep (it from) becoming more of a mess.”

The Summit Stage and the Outlets at Silverthorne provided transportation and a place to warm up to people affected by the crashes and road conditions, according to a statement from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

I-70 between Silverthorne and the Eisenhower Tunnel were closed during the early morning hours for avalanche mitigation. Both reopened by about 8 a.m., but I-70 was closed again just hours later after the first pile-up accident.

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