The Latest on fatal pileup on Interstate 70 near Denver (all times local):

10:10 a.m.

Colorado officials say four people have died after a semi-truck hauling lumber plowed into vehicles on Interstate 70, causing a fire so intense that it melted the roadway and metal off of cars.

In this Thursday, April 25, 2019 photo, emergency crews work at the scene of a deadly collision on Interstate 70 near the Colorado Mills Parkway in Lakewood, Colo. (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via AP)
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019 photo, emergency crews work at the scene of a deadly collision on Interstate 70 near the Colorado Mills Parkway in Lakewood, Colo. (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via AP)

Authorities had to wait until daylight Friday to confirm the death toll from Thursday’s 28-vehicle pileup because of the devastation caused by the fire.

Six people were taken to hospitals with injuries. Their conditions are unclear.

Lakewood police spokesman Ty Countryman says the driver of the truck who caused the crash sustained minor injuries. He has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide.

In this Thursday, April 25, 2019 photo, a firefighter sprays water on the wreckage in Lakewood, Colo. (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via AP)
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019 photo, a firefighter sprays water on the wreckage in Lakewood, Colo. (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via AP)

Officials say the driver was headed down a hill when he slammed into slower traffic. Countryman says there is no indication the crash was intentional.

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7:40 a.m.

In this Thursday, April 25, 2019 photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly collision on Interstate 70 near the Colorado Mills Parkway in Lakewood, Colo. (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via AP)
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019 photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly collision on Interstate 70 near the Colorado Mills Parkway in Lakewood, Colo. (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via AP)

A truck driver blamed for causing a deadly pileup involving over two dozen vehicles near Denver has been arrested on vehicular homicide charges.

Lakewood police spokesman Ty Countryman said Friday that there’s no indication that drugs or alcohol played a role in Thursday’s crash.

The unidentified driver was headed down a hill on Interstate 70 when he slammed into slower traffic and sparked a massive fire. Countryman said police are looking at whether his brakes were working properly.

A tow truck driver removes a burned out car at the scene of a fiery crash on I-70 near Colorado Mills Parkway that shut down the highway in both directions on Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Banda)
A tow truck driver removes a burned out car at the scene of a fiery crash on I-70 near Colorado Mills Parkway that shut down the highway in both directions on Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Banda)

He said 28 vehicles were involved, up from the initial 15 vehicles police reported after further sorting through the burned wreckage.

Police still say there were multiple fatalities but are still working to provide an exact number.

The highway is expected to remain closed until Saturday.

In this Thursday, April 25, 2019 photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly collision on Interstate 70 near the Colorado Mills Parkway in Lakewood, Colo. (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via AP)
In this Thursday, April 25, 2019 photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly collision on Interstate 70 near the Colorado Mills Parkway in Lakewood, Colo. (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via AP)

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