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Westbound I-76 closed early Wednesday at Dahlia Street due to major semi-truck crash

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Posted at 7:28 AM, Jan 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-26 15:49:44-05

DENVER — A semi-truck crashed through the median of I-76, closing most of the interstate between I-25 and 88th Avenue early Wednesday morning.

I-76 reopened around 1:45 p.m.

Colorado State Patrol confirmed the crash occurred at approximately 6:48 a.m. The semi-truck went through the temporary median at Dahlia Street and hit at least two vehicles. CSP Trooper Josh Lewis said more vehicles could be involved.

There were injuries, but Lewis did not have details on how many people were injured or how seriously they were hurt.

Lewis confirmed fluid was leaking from semi-truck, but it was not clear if it was fuel from the saddle tank or possibly something else.

Video from AirTracker7 showed vehicles getting by using the shoulder, but Colorado Department of Transportation then diverted traffic off westbound I-76 at the exit for Commerce City.

Eastbound traffic was also affected by the crash.

A heavy wrecker helped clear the crash.

Alternate routes included: Taking the west side frontage road off 88th Avenue to 74th Avenue; use the Commerce City to take Highway 85, exit to 74th Avenue and then get back on I-76; or take 88th Avenue west to I-25.

This is a developing story and will be updated.