▶️ PHOTOS: 9 semis, 12 other vehicles in crash on snowy Colorado highway

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Both directions of Interstate 70 were closed between Near Watkins, Colorado to the Kansas Border on Wednesday afternoon. Approximately nine semis and 12 passenger vehicles were involved in a crash.

Colorado State Patrol released these pictures of the crash from the scene. Officials said that it started with a jack-knifed semi at 12:48 p.m. Wednesday that caused a chain reaction of slide-offs and accidents.

At least 50-60 vehicles, including semis and passenger vehicles, were stuck in the backups and closure.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said the lanes were closed due to near-zero visibility conditions.

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