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The crash instigated a chain reaction that ultimately involved another tour bus and tractor trailer rig collision.
The Colorado State Patrol reported that the most seriously injured person in the crash was John Crawford, the driver of the Twin Shadow tour bus which instigated the series of wrecks. The other eleven passengers were taken to area hospitals where many of them were treated and released. The band was scheduled to do two performances in Denver over the weekend, but canceled the show for that evening.
According to the State Patrol, dense fog was likely the cause of the pileup in the westbound lanes. In addition, snow and heavy rain were falling simultaneously. While the investigation remains open, no charges have yet been filed. However, neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor.
The mountainous area of westbound I-70 from C-470 to Beaver Brook was closed nearly the entire day as vehicles struggled to get any traction on the incline. The Colorado State Patrol advised against travel in the mountains but required chains and snow tires for all vehicles attempting to traverse the area. Eastbound I-70 between Silverthorne and the Eisenhower Tunnel was closed for a portion of the morning. By the early afternoon, all of I-70 was reopened.
The fog didn’t just wreak havoc on the interstate. Nearly fifty flights were diverted from Denver International Airport during the early part of the day, according to an airport spokesman.
Passengers on Republic Flight 4934 from Kansas City experienced a great deal of frustration as they sat on the tarmac at Colorado Springs for over six hours after that flight was diverted. Eventually, the flight was canceled. According to Republic, the delay was the result of a lightning advisory and multiple ground stops in Denver. The airline offered passengers the chance to exit the aircraft and will reimburse them for their inconvenience.
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