6-car pile-up on icy I-70 near Fruita

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) -- Fog and icy roads contributed to a six-car pileup on I-70 west of Fruita on Tuesday morning.

The Colorado State Patrol said around 8:30 a.m. westbound semis began losing traction on a large hill near mile marker 8. One semi jackknifed and blocked the entire westbound interstate.

Traffic began to back up from the closure, and due to low visibility and icy road conditions, a six-car pileup happened near mile marker 16.

Troopers said the first collision of the pileup was a Wisconsin SUV versus a semi. The SUV driver told troopers he was traveling 75 MPH on cruise control when he collided with the semi. Additional vehicles from New Jersey, Palisade, and Utah were also involved.

CSP said at least 10 semis lost traction and blocked all or portions of the road near mile marker 8.

Charges are pending the outcome of the crash investigation.

Photo: Colorado State Patrol
Photo: Colorado State Patrol

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