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Blizzard triggers fiery crash near Denver

DENVER, March 23 (UPI) — Colorado State Troopers said blinding snow triggered a fiery crash involving as many as 50 vehicles on Interstate 25 north of Denver.

At least four tractor trailers went off the road and a gasoline tanker was engulfed in flames following the crash, which was reported about 11 a.m. Saturday. I-25 northbound has been closed and will remain so for much of the evening Saturday, The Denver Post said.

No fatalities were reported in the massive crash but several motorists were taken to area hospitals with various injuries, a Colorado State Patrol release said.

Forecasters warned motorists not to travel as heavy snow and high winds hindered visibility and made roads treacherous. Interstate 70 was also closed early Saturday, though it had reopened as of midday.

“Travel is going to be tough, with icy and snow-packed roads,” said Kyle Fredin, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Boulder, Colo.

Meteorologists said snow was falling at a rate of an inch an hour and winds reached 40 mph. Roads were not expected to clear until Sunday, once the winds die down.

More than 100 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport as of midday Saturday and many others were delayed by three hours.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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