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.

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.

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.