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At least 47 cars involved in huge pileup on I-80; lane shut 18 hours

Apr 15, 2014 The Associated Press

ELK MOUNTAIN -- Wyoming Highway Patrol officials say they're still counting up the dozens of cars and trucks involved in an Interstate 80 pileup that injured at least five people.

The crash happened around 2 p.m. Sunday about 7 miles east of Elk Mountain. Wintry conditions at the time had reduced the speed limit on the interstate to 45 mph.

The pileup involved at least 47 cars in the westbound lanes. Five crash victims were taken to a hospital in Rawlins and two were sent to a hospital in Laramie. One victim with serious injuries was transferred from Laramie to Fort Collins, Colo.

Westbound I-80 remained closed until mid-morning Monday.

Officials say their count of the vehicles involved the wreck could increase as their investigation continues.

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