By Logan Smith

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The full length of Highway 6 through Clear Creek Canyon was shut down for hours on Thursday after a collision between a semi and a minivan. Authorities conducted a lengthy investigation and the highway was closed to traffic for more than 4 hours.

Master Trooper Gary Cutler of the Colorado State Patrol said the accident was first reported at 3:43 p.m. The highway reopened just after 8 p.m.

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The accident is in the vicinity of Tunnel 1, the eastern-most tunnel of that stretch.

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Cutler stated that CPR was in progress on one individual involved in the crash on U.S. 6.

A saddle tank on the semi was ruptured but fuel was not leaking into Clear Creek, Cutler said.

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Copter4 was able to see both badly damaged vehicles when it flew over the scene at 4:45 p.m.


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Logan Smith