5 injured after crash along I-70 near Genesee, interstate closed for hours

GENESSEE, Colo. Five people were hospitalized after a crash along Interstate 70 east of Denver near Genesee.

The crash happened around 2:45 p.m. Monday at mile marker 253 just west of the Genesee Interchange. Colorado State Patrol says a Ford F-250 traveling eastbound lost control when its front tire blew.

Traffic wasn't fully re-opened until a little after 5:15 p.m.

The truck rolled over the grass median and into a minivan carrying five passengers in the westbound lane. Four people in the van, along with the truck’s driver, all went to the hospital with serious injuries.

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UPDATE: Shortly after 4 pm Eastbound traffic opened along the interstate, Westbound remains closed.

Interstate 70 was closed in both directions for a little more than an hour Monday afternoon. The Colorado Department of Transportation said a 'major' crash caused the closure and expected the westbound lanes to remain closed for a 'lengthy' amount of time.

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Interstate 70 is closed in both directions east of Denver at Genesse (aprox. MM253).

All traffic is being detoured OFF the interstate. CDOT said via twitter,
"Looking at a lengthy closure on I-70 at Genesee, BOTH directions closed. WB exit at Genesee Park, EB exit at Chief Hosa, or take US 6."

CDOT is recommending US 6 as an alternate route for now.

No word on how long the closure will last or what caused the major crash.

Traffic cams in the area show a heavy emergency response.