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All EB I-70 lanes open after closure from semi fire at Colorado Mills Pkwy.

Posted at 4:43 PM, May 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-12 23:47:36-04

DENVER – Eastbound I-70 was shut down at Colorado Mills Parkway Wednesday afternoon after a semi-truck carrying lemons caught on fire.

A Colorado State Patrol spokesperson said the driver was the only occupant of the truck and was not injured. I-70 was closed from Highway 6 to Denver West.

Crews were still working to extinguish the fire as of 4:30 p.m. The left lane of eastbound I-70 opened at 4:45 p.m. Two lanes had reopened by 7 p.m., and all lanes reopened just before 9 p.m. The right shoulder will remain blocked overnight and cleanup will continue Thursday.

Colorado State Patrol said investigators had not determined if the fire was caused by brakes or something else.

The truck fire is in nearly the same location where a semi-truck driver who lost his brakes crashed into stopped traffic and killed four people in April 2019.

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