Eastbound Lanes of I-70 Open After Fatal Pile Up Near Vail Pass

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Frisco, Colo. (AP) Transportation officials have opened the Interstate 70 over Vail pass after a fatal accident involving as many as 75 vehicles shutdown the highway.

The State Transportation Department says it could be days before investigators piece together the chain of events.

Authorities say at least one person died and several others were injured in the pile-up.

A Colorado state patrol trooper says between 60 and 75 vehicles are involved in the wreck. The accident happened during snowy weather and forced the closure of the interstate.

Vail Valley Medical Center Spokesman Don Bishop says at least 16 people with broken bones, bruises, and scrapes were transported to the hospital, about 15 miles west of the scene. Except for one patient who was to undergo surgery, Bishop says all were in fair

Six patients were transported to St. Anthony's Summit Medical Center near Breckenridge, about 20 miles away. Two women there were in critical condition, another woman and a boy were in serious condition. The other two patients were treated and discharged.

Trooper Gilbert Sullivan says a semitrailer jackknifed and caused the original crash.