6th Ave. reopened after 100-car pileup

The massive wreck came hours after the city’s first official snowfall.
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A man runs across the W. 6th Ave. overpass as a tow truck prepares to move a wrecked car on Nov. 4, 2022.
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Update: We talked to motorists, tow truck drivers and onlookers involved in today's massive pileup. Read our full story here.

Our original story follows below.

East and westbound lanes on 6th Ave. have reopened between N. Federal Blvd. to N. Kalamath St. Avenue, where a 100-car, early morning pileup heavily disrupted traffic following Thursday night's snowfall.

Denver Police say that no serious injuries were reported. The crash was first reported to police at around 5:40 a.m.

Inoperable vehicles and those whose drivers were taken to nearby hospitals are being towed to Lot C at Empower Field.  Police haven't provided details on the severity of injuries to those taken to the hospital.

The aftermath of a massive pileup on 6th Avenue near Kalamath Street. Nov. 4, 2022.
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Police say the cause of the crash is under investigation.

But by several reports from tow truck drivers working the scene and motorists involved, the road was relatively icy following the city's first official snowfall of the season. The National Weather Service reported last night that two to four inches of snow had fallen in the Denver metro.
Bridges tend to ice up before the rest of a given roadway because they are surrounded by cold air -- a dangerous circumstance for the unprepared driver. And the location where this crash occurred is precisely where vehicles must slow down from highway speeds as they enter Denver's Baker and Lincoln Park neighborhoods.

Lee Duvall, a tow truck driver, said he was called to assist shortly after the crash occurred.  "It was a sheet of ice, when I jumped out of my truck I almost broke my neck," Duvall said.

Duvall said he saw more cars crash after he arrived, adding to the wreckage.

Cars wrecked in a massive pileup on 6th Avenue were towed here to Mile High Stadium. Nov. 4, 2022.
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Andrew Bennet of Lakewood was driving to work in downtown Denver when, as he approached Kalamath Street on 6th Avenue, he saw cars sliding into the center divider and one another. Then his car did the same, he said.

"My adrenaline told me to get out of my car before it got worse," Bennet wrote in a message to Denverite. "Next thing I know I'm climbing out the rear passenger side door and wondering how I survived."

Traffic safety experts say generally it's safer to stay inside your car after a crash. If you do have to leave your car, they say you should get as far away from traffic as is possible.

Jose Gonzalez's truck was wrecked in a massive pileup on 6th Avenue. He said he managed to slow down before he smashed into another car, but then other drivers slammed into him. Nov. 4, 2022.
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This story is developing and will be updated.

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