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Semi driver taken into custody after fiery I-70 pileup near Denver

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A stretch of highway west of Denver remained closed Friday hours after an out-of-control semi-tractor trailer carrying wood slammed at high speed into a line of stopped cars on I-70, causing "multiple fatalities," police said.

The truck roared up the right lane, past a traffic jam caused by an earlier accident farther up I-70. The driver, who survived, was taken to a hospital, along with at least five others.

Lakewood police spokesman Ty Countryman reported "multiple fatalities" in the crash, describing the crush of 12 cars and three semis a scene of "true carnage."

One of the trucks was carrying diesel fuel, which poured onto the highway as fiery explosions erupted, sending thick, black smoke across metro Denver.

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