Deadly Crash on I-25

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A five-car pileup in Colorado Springs early Friday morning claimed at least two lives, and sent three other people to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police say a 52-year-old woman was driving south in the northbound lanes of I-25 at Bijou. Her black Chevy Cavalier collided head-on with another vehicle, and three more cars skidded into the wreck.

The woman who was driving the wrong way died at Memorial Hospital. A 17-year-old girl, who was a passenger in one of the other cars, died at the scene.

Police say alcohol was a factor. The northbound lanes of I-25 were closed for almost eight hours, backing up morning traffic.

Investigators say accidents like this one, are why they work so hard to get drunk drivers off the road. "If they are gonna be drinking and driving, we are gonna be out there and we are gonna do our best to prevent them from being involved in such accidents,” said Colorado Springs Police Spokesperson Rafael Cintron.

Police have not released the names of those who died or were injured in the crash.. They say autopsies and toxicology tests will likely be done by next week.