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50+ Vehicles In I-25 Pile Up, Semis In Flames

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An image from the crash on Interstate 25 near Johnson's Corner (credit: Wayne Stafford)

An image from the crash on Interstate 25 near Johnson’s Corner (credit: Wayne Stafford)

JOHNSTOWN, Colo. (CBS4)- More than 50 vehicles and semi trucks were involved in a multi-vehicle collision that kept northbound lanes of Interstate 25 closed for most of the day on Saturday.

The crash happened near Johnson’s Corner, mile marker 252, that’s also the exit for Johnstown, on Saturday morning.

Colorado State Patrol said the pile up included a jack-knifed fuel tanker and multiple cars, SUVs and trucks.

“It was happening as we were driving. Cars right in front of us were getting hit,” said American Red Cross volunteer Chris Humphries.

Humphries was in the pile up. The organization she volunteers with helped out those stranded after the multiple crashes.

The Red Cross took 60 people to a nearby RV shop for shelter from the freezing conditions.

Several others were taken to a nearby hospital. Their injuries were not serious. No one in the crash was killed.

“The local fire department and other agencies were quick to make sure everyone in the area was secure,” said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.

Although investigators were still examining the crash site and interviewing witnesses to pinpoint the exact cause of the crash, troopers believe it may have been drivers traveling too fast for the conditions.

Northbound lanes of I-25 near Johnstown reopened after being closed for eight hours on Saturday.

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