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Airborne Car in 3 Car Crash in Colorado Springs

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Even if you’re the best driver on the planet, you can still find yourself involved in an auto accident, because the other drivers around you are a major part of the equation. This was amply illustrated in a recent three car accident in Colorado Springs. Here is what Fox21’s Colorado Connections reported on the crash:

Police report a 2008 Toyota Scion driven by Curtis Burdette had been traveling north on Academy, racing a red Honda. Burdette lost control of the Scion as it drove past Dublin Boulevard and struck the center median. The Scion continued on the median until it entered the southbound lanes of traffic on Academy Boulevard.

A 2005 Pontiac Soltice, vehicle number two, was traveling south on Academy Boulevard when the driver saw an airborne vehicle, the Scion, coming into his lane of traffic. The Soltice driver was able to react by moving to the right and avoided a head on-collision.

With an airborne car headed right for him, it’s fortunate the driver was able to correct course and avoid a much worse collision. However, the sequence of events does not end there.

The Solstice was hit in the left rear end with enough force to completely shear off its left rear wheel, sending the wheel flying south into the front grill of vehicle number three, a 2003 Cadillac Escalade, also traveling southbound.

Both the driver and a passenger in the Solstice were taken to the hospital after the wreck.

This stretch of road has seen tragedy before. While researching this car accident, I found another 3 car collision that took place in October of 2009. This accident proved fatal to one of the drivers involved. Maria St. Louis-Sanchez, a freelance writer contributing to the Colorado Springs Gazette, describes the accident:

One of the vehicles was headed north on Academy and cut off another vehicle going south when it tried to make a left turn onto Bijou. The first vehicle was hit by the second and the crash sent one of the vehicles into a third vehicle.

The driver of the car that tried to take the turn passed away later at the hospital, three others were also taken in for treatment of minor injuries. According to St.Louis-Sanchez the police did not believe speeding or alcohol was a factor.

Image by Payton Chung on Flickr, used under its Creative Commons license


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