By Jennifer McRae

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– A woman was killed in a crash on Interstate 225 on Friday morning. Police say the chain-reaction crash happened after a metal bar smashed through the driver’s side window of her SUV.

The 44-year-old driver then collided with another car before crashing into a barrier at the Colfax Avenue exit on the southbound side. Southbound lanes were shut down for hours.

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The driver was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. No one else was injured in the crash.

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Police in Aurora are not sure where the piece of steel came from.

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Police are asking any witnesses, especially those who may have dashcam footage to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com.

Jennifer McRae