Pileup closes I-70 westbound; 1 dead

One person is dead and at least two people hurt after a six-vehicle pileup along Interstate 70 near the Palisade exit Tuesday evening.

The wreck delayed westbound traffic for hours, and authorities investigated whether a pedestrian was the person killed.

Five passenger vehicles and a tanker truck were involved.  The accident occurred just before 7 p.m. along a winding section of the interstate that appeared dry.

The identity of the person killed was not released Tuesday night. The covered body was positioned underneath the truck.

Two people were taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Palisade Fire Department Chief Richard Rupp said investigators did not think any of the vehicles had rolled over or that anyone had been thrown from a vehicle.

Investigators wondered whether the person killed was attempting to cross the interstate, Rupp said.

One of the vehicles had a New Mexico license plate. Others that were visible were Colorado plates.

Numerous employees of an ExxonMobil natural gas plant near Meeker were riding to Grand Junction in a shuttle bus after their work day and were caught in at least six miles of backed-up traffic. After hours of waiting, some of the workers walked out of the bus and along the interstate toward Palisade to find rides home.


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