(CBS4) – Interstate 70 has reopened in eastern Colorado, after a deadly crash and a multi-car pileup during high winds. I-70 was closed at midday on Friday between Peoria and the Kansas border.

Highway 40, Highway 285 and Highway 287 were also closed in the region. A major dust storm hit the Eastern Plains, with gusty north winds in excess of 60 mph.

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(credit: Cheyenne County Sheriff)

In some areas, drivers were also dealing with blowing snow.

US 285 was closed from Antero Junction to west of Grant because of blowing snow. (credit: Colorado Department of Transportation)

The deadly crash happened on I-70 north of Hugo at 10:40 a.m.

There was a separate pileup — that injured at least 15 people. The Colorado State Patrol couldn’t say exactly how many vehicles were involved, but said there were semi trucks and passenger cars.

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Investigators said the crash happened during poor visibility conditions, but said they couldn’t confirm the cause yet.

It’s not clear if the pileup was a result of the fatal crash. The CSP did not provide any information about the deceased.

Some vehicles were still on the shoulders near mile post 382 at 4:30 p.m., but the highway was open.

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