Icy roads cause 39-car pileup, other crashes that shut down Colorado highways during commute

Associated Press

Icy roads caused several bad wrecks that shut down highways during the morning commute in Colorado, including a nearly 40-vehicle pileup near Boulder.

The crash Friday near Boulder closed U.S. Highway 36.

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Photos from the Daily Camera newspaper (http://bit.ly/1MLyalS ) show a car pushed under a tractor-trailer and drivers standing by their dented cars. A total of 39 vehicles were involved in the pileup.

Other crashes shut down highways in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas as icy roads caught drivers by surprise following a light snowfall.

In Aurora, one person died after being thrown from a vehicle that lost control and rolled on icy Interstate 225, striking a passing bus. The bus driver was the only person onboard and wasn't hurt.

Roads were snowy in the mountains, where Interstate 70 was closed for over an hour after several trucks spun out on Vail Pass.