Snowy, Slick Monday Commute

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A fast-moving winter storm left behind some very slick roads in Southern Colorado---causing a lot of traffic accidents. Monday morning commuters had a hard time getting around, and in n some cases, it was downright dangerous.

Around 7:45 a.m., between 12 and 15 vehicles crashed on southbound I-25 near the Pikes Peak International Raceway. Driver William Bennett says it was like a movie as he watched it all unfold. "She started slowing down to get around this other truck and a little Ford Escort, doing about 70 miles an hour, was in the same lane and could not stop." The next thing he knew, he was caught in a chain reaction crash. "Another car rear-ended me and then, it just kept on going." Large semis and compact cars smashed into each other. At least four people went to the hospital for shock and minor injuries. State troopers had to reroute traffic for several hours until the vehicles could be removed.

There was another pile-up just a few hours later involving half a dozen vehicles on I-25 near the Security-Widefield exit. At the time, troopers say the interstate was like an ice rink. "The water on top of the ice is going to make it even slicker than if it was just the ice by itself," says CSP trooper Chris Warren.

Anywhere from 2-6 inches of snow fell in Southern Colorado before this storm moved out of the area.

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A Motorists Guide to Winter Driving

Pre-Trip Planning

  • To minimize the chances of a weather-related delay, plan ahead with safety in mind.

  • Always be sure to check the forecast; if a winter storm is predicted for the area in which you will be driving, think twice, or ask yourself if the trip is necessary.

  • Always have an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small shovel, an ice scraper, antifreeze, blankets; nonperishable food; and a first aid kit.

Starting Your Car

  • Be sure to turn off all accessories (radio, heater, lights etc.) before starting your car. This will maximize your battery's starting power.

  • If your car has a fuel injection system, don't touch the accelerator pedal. For carbureted cars, depress the accelerator once before attempting to start the vehicle. Then, simply turn the key and hold it for a few seconds.

Handling Roadside Emergencies

  • Pull as far off the road as possible. This helps to avoid getting hit by another vehicle.

  • Indicate trouble by opening the hood and turning on the vehicle's emergency flashers. Place a "Call Police" sign in the rear window.

  • Stay in the car. Avoid the temptation of accepting a ride with a stranger. Instead, if someone offers help, ask him or her to notify the police if you do not own a cell phone. Leave only with a marked police car or a state or city emergency vehicle.

  • Don't walk or hitchhike, both of which invite trouble-you could either get caught in a storm, or be forced in a dangerous situation involving strangers.

Driving Tips

  • Always wear seatbelts.

  • Remove ice and snow from windows, license plates and lights. Also be sure to clear snow from the vehicle's hood, roof and trunk.

  • Reduce your speed while driving. The posted speed limits are for dry, clear conditions only.

  • Watch for slick spots under bridges and on overpasses.

  • Keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.

Source: contributed to this report.