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EB I-70 reopens after hours-long closure due to fatal crash near Eisenhower Tunnel

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Posted at 1:25 PM, Oct 01, 2022

DENVER — Eastbound Interstate 70 was reopened after an hours-long closure due to a fatal crash near the Eisenhower Tunnel.

The crash happened around noon Saturday.

A semi-tractor trailer and a box truck were involved in the crash. A passenger in the box truck was killed, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Trooper Gary Cutler said the semi was eastbound on I-70 in the far right lane with its hazards on as it approached the tunnel.

Cutler said the driver of the box truck was in the same lane and came up on the slow-moving semi at a faster speed, swerved to try to avoid a collision, and struck the left side of the semi.

The driver of the semi, a 57-year-old woman from Henderson, Nevada, was not injured, Cutler said.

The passenger in the box truck, a 55-year-old man from Renton, Washington, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a 47-year-old man from Seattle, was not injured.

Cutler said charges may be filed in the case.