Crash kills CSP corporal

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The March 13 blizzard claimed the life of a Colorado State patrol corporal.

CSP trooper Josh Lewis said 52-year-old Daniel Groves died while investigating a slide-off at I-76 and mile marker 47, nine miles east of Keenesburg.

The crash happened around 11:20 a.m. A press statement said Groves was outside his patrol car when he was hit by a car driven by 58-year-old John Carpenter of Centennial. The statement said Carpenter lost control of his car. An ambulance took Groves to Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton where he was declared dead. Carpenter also went to PVMC for treatment of what the CSP called "moderate injuries."

The crash was part of a number of accidents and spinouts during the course of the storm. At one point, CDOT and Weld County road crews stopped plowing the highways because of strong winds and visibility that was near zero.

I-76 has been closed for much of the day between U.S. Highway 85 and the Nebraska line because of the storm.

"Please stay home or wherever you're at for your safety," said a tweet from the Fort Lupton Fire Department.

Winds gusted as high as 80 mph at Denver International Airport, and the snow blew sideways in many places. Flights have been canceled, the airport runways are closed, as is Pena Boulevard between 40th Avenue and the airport. The concourses remained open. The airport is on accident alert. So are many cities in the Denver area.

Schools closed, as did city and Weld County offices. There's been no word yet on whether those places will reopen tomorrow.