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Slew of Accidents From Snow Storm in Northern Colorado

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detourLast Wednesday’s snow storm across northern Colorado was marked by a slew of accidents as road conditions became increasingly slippery and icy. Eric Bellamy of The Greeley Tribune reports:

U.S. 85 was closed for hours at Weld County Road 42, which is at the Gilcrest exit. Between county roads 42 and 46 on U.S. 85, at least 18 vehicles were involved in crashes Wednesday afternoon. Some smashed into other vehicles, and some slid off the icy road, according to Weld County sheriff’s spokeswoman Margie Martinez. No serious injuries were reported.

According to Bellamy, police described the roads as “a sheet of ice,” and advised drivers to stick to dirt roads where possible. With so many accidents, it’s really amazing there were no serious injuries.

Kieran Nicholson of The Denver Post tells us how things fared the day after the storm in Denver, a morning replete with car crashes:

Denver police and emergency crews [responded] to several accidents, including a four-vehicle collision at I-70 and Colorado Boulevard at about 6 a.m., according to police scanner traffic.

The Denver Public Works Department had 68 trucks out overnight plowing and spreading de-icing materials to clear and prep roads.

One of the most important steps to take throughout our Colorado winters is simply being aware of the weather forecast. If it’s supposed to storm, try to avoid driving unless you absolutely must. If the roads are a disaster, the easiest way to prevent an accident is if your car is safely parked in your garage.

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