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Colorado rock slide kills 7-year-old boy

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Boulders crashed down a mountainside onto a highway crowded with rush-hour traffic, killing a 7-year-old boy and injuring several others.

Interstate 70 near Glenwood Springs was closed for three hours late Monday while damaged vehicles were towed and rocks were cleared.

The first vehicle hit by the rock slide was a pickup in which Michael Howdoe was a passenger, the Colorado State Patrol said.

"The boulder caved in the right side of the vehicle where the young boy was sitting and caused serious injuries," a patrol statement said. The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Seven vehicles were damaged during the rock slide, and a police officer directing traffic was injured when he was hit by a vehicle. The officer was released after treatment.