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Semi-truck driver, 23, arrested after 4 people have been killed in deadly crash in which 28 vehicles on the highway in Colorado

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At least a dozen cars, three semi-trucks involved in crash in Denver, Colorado.

The police arrested a semi-truck driver accused of causing a fiery multi-vehicle wreck Thursday on Interstate 70 near Denver, and at least four dead and at least six injured.

Are Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, 23, Texas, was arrested on suspicion of automobile homicide, police said. He is scheduled to appear in court on Saturday for a public hearing. The costs that resulted from the interviews and the evidence Lakewood police spokesman Ty Countryman said.

Authorities said it was not drugs or alcohol were involved and the crash is not intentional. Officials said they were looking into whether the truck’s brakes worked. Aguilera-Mederos was not seriously injured in the crash.

Law enforcement officials said the coroner’s office was working to determine the identity of those who died. Six people were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Their conditions were not immediately clear.

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(West Metro Fire Rescue)

The 23-year-old semi-truck driver was heading down a hill when he slammed into traffic that had slowed due to an earlier crash for him, the officials said.

The collision in the suburb of Denver, Lakewood started a chain reaction and a diesel fuel spill, Countryman previously told the Denver Post. The fire was said to be so intense that it melted the roadway and the metals from cars.

“This is looking to be one of the worst accidents we’ve had here in Lakewood,” he said.

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At least four people have been killed in the crash on I-70 near Colorado Mills Parkway on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
(AP)

“We’re still trying to determine what some of the cars are,” Farmer said.

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Friday that the I-70 is closed in both directions in Denver West. Authorities say the highway may not open until Saturday by the pavement conditions.

Are Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, 23, was “arrested for suspicion of multiple counts of vehicle homicide.”
(Lakewood Police)

A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said the federal agency is monitoring of the local authorities investigating the crash, but it is not involved. Peter Knudson said NTSB teams get involved in the agency sees an opportunity to issue new safety recommendations.

At least four people died Thursday when a semi-trailer plowed into stopped traffic that resulted in explosions and fire on a Colorado freeway, authorities said.
(AP)

Josh Laipply, chief engineer of the Colorado Department of Transportation, warned drivers that they need to be more careful on the road.

“I think we lose sight that vehicles, deadly weapons and all of us a little bit sloppy at times and the need to be more careful as we drive,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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