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Gazette Premium Content Police: Interstate 25 pileup in Denver will take days to unravel

By Joey Bunch, The Denver Post - Updated: March 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Investigators on Sunday continued to try to pinpoint the moment things went wrong on Interstate 25 in Denver on Saturday, triggering a pileup that involved 104 cars, killed one woman and sent 30 other people to hospitals.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said Sunday afternoon that it could take a week before traffic investigators issue a report.

"It's going to take several days to sort all that out," he said. "We've got 104 vehicles to consider."

The collisions were spaced along a 1½-mile stretch of the northbound lanes between Logan Street and University Boulevard.

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Investigators on Sunday continued to try to pinpoint the moment things went wrong on Interstate 25 in Denver on Saturday, triggering a pileup that involved 104 cars, killed one woman and sent 30 other people to hospitals.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said Sunday afternoon that it could take a week before traffic investigators issue a report.

"It's going to take several days to sort all that out," he said. "We've got 104 vehicles to consider."

The collisions were spaced along a 1½-mile stretch of the northbound lanes between Logan Street and University Boulevard.

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DENVER — One person died and 30 others were injured in a massive pileup on Interstate 25 as a band of heavy snow moved through south Denver on Saturday, authorities said.

Police say 104 vehicles were involved in crashes along a roughly 2-mile stretch of highway as a short but intense burst of snow slammed the area. The northbound lanes were closed for several hours, but the interstate has since reopened. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

Drivers and passengers who were not hurt were put on a city bus to speak with accident investigators, and some wrecked cars were towed to a nearby high school, the Denver Post reported. Meanwhile, about 100 snowplows and four large tankers with deicing fluid were busy clearing roads throughout Denver, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Meteorologists said the storm was part of the same system that has saturated California and is slowly moving across the West en route to the Plains and Mississippi Valley on Sunday.

"We're on the front leading edge of it, so there's some moisture coming up," National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kalina said. That, combined with a cold front that moved into Colorado on Friday night, made for whiteout conditions and slick roadways across the state.

Highway officials closed the westbound lanes of a section of Interstate 70 west of Denver after treacherous road conditions led to numerous accidents. Traffic is still slow in the reopened lanes.

The transportation department warned that recently fluctuating temperatures in Colorado led to the slick road conditions, and authorities advised motorists to stock their vehicles with water, blankets, windshield wiper fluid, hand warmers and nonperishable food items.

Freezing drizzle and highs in the low 20s were expected in Denver on Sunday, making way for sunny skies and highs in the mid-50s by Monday.

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