Authorities Identify Victim In Massive Fatal Car Pileup

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Frisco, Colo. (AP) Authorities say the man killed in a pileup of dozens of cars near Vail pass was 39-year-old Lance Melting of Longmont.

Transportation officials have reopened Colorado's main east-west highway but say it may be days before investigators are able to sort out the chain of events in a pileup involving 60 to 75 vehicles.

In addition to Melting's death, at least 22 were injured in the crash that left Interstate 70 closed for nearly eight hours Monday. The crash stranded travelers who scrambled to find hotel rooms in the mountain communities on either side of Vail pass.

Five people remained hospitalized Tuesday.

Colorado state patrol trooper Gilbert Sullivan says the accident happened yesterday afternoon during snowy weather. He says a semitrailer jackknifed and caused the original crash that set off a chain reaction with dozens of other vehicles.

The accident forced travelers to find lodging in the mountain communities on either side of vail pass. Authorities spent the evening busing drivers caught in the pileup to nearby towns and clearing the dozens of tangled vehicles from the westbound lanes of
the highway.

The interstate was reopened in both directions last night.