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Icy Roads Acoss Colorado Make for a Dangerous Commute

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Icy roadMonday brought freezing rain and icy conditions to roads across Colorado, making commuting throughout the day slow and dangerous.

Motor vehicle accidents have rapidly accrued throughout affected areas of the state, including Denver, as reported on 9News:

9NEWS Traffic Reporter Amelia Earhart says speeds on the major roadways are between 10 mph to 20 mph and bridges, overpasses and ramps are icy and slick. She says there have been at least 6 rollover crashes during the morning commute.

A significant part of the problem is that many patches of road that seem to be wet are actually covered in ice.

Jordan Steffen, a reporter for The Denver Post, fills us in on some of the crashes that had already occurred by mid-morning Monday:

A stretch of westbound I-70 near Manila Road just west of Bennett was reopened after being closed for almost two hours due to an accident where two cars collided and rolled according to Colorado State Patrol.

The condition of the drivers were not known.

Icy conditions on exit and entry ramps have caused a number of accidents, with cars sliding into medians and other vehicles. At about 6:45 this morning a car slid into the median on the northbound ramp exiting I-25 to westbound U.S. Highway 36.

It is not just Denver. The counties of Boulder, Larimer, and Weld, as well as the cities of Thornton, Greeley, Lakewood, and Aurora, were placed on accident alert in the early morning. A spokesman for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, John Schulz, has reported that in the span of a mere 20 minutes there were at least six reports of cars going off the road in rural areas. According to Schulz, most of the accidents in Larimer County have occurred to the south and west of Fort Collins.

Don’t become a statistic. Keep your speed down and do not use cruise control when driving. Also keep in mind that leaving extra distance between yourself and the car in front of you can possibly make the difference between life and death if you lose control on the ice.

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