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VAIL, Colo. (CBS4)– Eastbound I-70 was closed for hours on Thursday evening due to a crash on Vail Pass after a semi lost control. All lanes reopened at 9:25 p.m. Thursday but were expected to be closed again at 9:30 a.m. Friday for four to six hours for recovery efforts.

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(credit: CDOT)

The semi was traveling downhill in the westbound lanes, lost control, crossed all eastbound lanes and crashed into the side of the mountain. That crash ignited a fire.

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(credit: Eagle County)

The Colorado Department of Transportation camera showed a cloud of smoke billowing from trees several yards off the highway at the scene of the crash.

CDOT first notified travelers of the eastbound closure at 5:35 p.m.

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(credit: Eagle County)

A separate crash in the westbound lanes re-opened that direction of traffic at 5:50 p.m.

What the semi was hauling is unknown.

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(credit: Eagle County)

The driver was killed.

Crews will close eastbound lanes again at 9:30 a.m. Friday for four to six hours for recovery efforts.

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