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Black Ice Causes 50 Car Pile-Up On I-25

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

It's been a dangerous day for drivers all over Colorado. Black ice to blame for a number of accidents.

One person is still in the hospital from 50 car pile-up on I-25 that happened early Saturday morning in Colorado Springs. Police say the one person who was critically injured has since been upgraded to serious condition.

The big pile-up happened at around 6 a.m. near the South Nevada/Tejon Exit. Authorities say that section of I-25 was shut down until around 9 a.m. when clean-up was complete. But during that time, the entire area was an utter mess. The interstate was littered with 50 mangled vehicles. "It's been a heck of a morning," said Colorado Springs Police Lt. David Whitlock.

"Boom, boom and that's it," said Paulo Reza who was involved in the 50 car pile-up.

Witnesses and victims say it happened very fast and with little warning. "They were playing bumper cars behind me like crazy," said Bob Carr who was somehow able to avoid getting hit.

Dozens of wrecked cars were facing in every which direction in a heap of mangled metal and shattered glass. "Black ice in these kind of freezing conditions is going to cause you to crash," said Lt. Whitlock.

Several people were hurt bad enough that they needed to be taken to the hospital. Everyone else considers themselves very lucky. "This is my near life, my second life. I don't know," said Reza. "I got into a hole here where we were safe and didn't get my vehicle all torn up," said Carr.

Reza also said he only has liability insurance on his car which was totaled in the pile-up. He says, now he'll need to buy a new car. "I don't know when or how, but I need it," said Reza.

Police are still continuing to dispatch those warnings. "It's only going to get colder and that's only going to exacerbate the road condition hazard. It's not going to get better folks, not until the sun comes out," said Lt. Whitlock.

Authorities say for now please don't drive if you don't have to. Police say they're also still on cold reporting. So, if you get into an accident that doesn't involve drugs, alcohol or injuries just exchange information and file a report at your local police station within three days.


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  • by John r Location: calhan on Oct 18, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    one thing i have learned in all my years of living in Colorado is if you see the road looks wet but no water spray is coming up,you are on black ice.it is always a good idea that on bridges in Colorado and it is around 32 degrees it will have black ice on it so keep a steady throttle and dont switch lanes until you are on solid ground again that you can see water spray coming off the rear tires ahead of you.out in the "stix"we dont have the comfort of having the road sanded so we rely on good driving skills or we end up in the ditch through a barbed wire fence staring at a herd of cattle.
  • by LS Location: C/S on Oct 16, 2009 at 11:47 AM
    Nick Gerz....get over yourself. It has been known as "black ice" for years, possibly decades! Because that is what it looks like, "BLACK....ICE"! Duh! Get your head out of your 4th point of contact and go find something better to do with your time than throw the race card, yet again. Seems like every story posted on KKTV that has more than 20 comments, someone somewhere in the comments has thrown the race card out there. GET OVER YOURSELVES!!! Not every single thing people talk about has anything to do with race. Someone even threw out the race card in the comments about the boy in the balloon yesterday. Pathetic that people in this country still do that. I thought we had grown out of that idiocracy.
  • by Dustin Location: 80901 on Oct 15, 2009 at 10:14 PM
    Hey Tbone. I am from Missouri as well. And yes missouri does use salt on the roads. But have you noticed that the cars there are far more rusty than the ones here? Salt eats away the cars. And for real Nick. You are so retarted. That comment was not needed.
  • by L Location: C/S on Oct 15, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    mr x and Jenna..I agree with you about truck driver's being safe drivers. They have seen more of the roads than probably most of us and have driven in every weather condition known to mankind. My rule of thumb when driving on icy roads, especially at night, is if there aren't any trucks on the roads, then chances are I don't need to be on them either. Because if the roads aren't safe enough for experienced truck drivers to drive on, then they are definitely not safe enough for my little car to drive on, regardless of weather I have 4X4 or AWD. Just my $0.02.
  • by LS Location: C/S on Oct 15, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    Mary, Denise, and Jenna...I agree with all of you. I was not born or raised here, I was born and raised in the midwest and that is where I learned to drive in the snow and the ice. 4X4 will not do anything for you on black ice at speeds of more than 20mph, you may as well be on ice skates because you will just keep sliding when you SLAM on the brakes. I thought people in Florida, South Carolina, and California drove badly....they are better compared to Colorado drivers. Everyone is in a hurry ALL the time. People are rude, they tail gate and they seem to have a nasty habit of SLAMMING on their brakes. And you wonder why you have to change your brakes more often than others. Stop tailgaiting and you wouldn't have to slam on your brakes. And it seems like every driver I see is on their cell phone...either pull over and talk or get the hell off of it while you are driving, especially in the winter time and especially if you have children in the car with you.
  • by Mary Location: Colo Springs Co on Oct 13, 2009 at 05:40 PM
    As long as we have inconsiderate drivers in this state the problem will never get resolved. Everyone is in a big hurry, today yesterday and tomorrow...
  • by Denise Location: Pueblo on Oct 13, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    personally, i really do think there are some bone heads out there that need to retake the colorado driving test.....
  • by Marlo Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 13, 2009 at 11:53 AM
    I just moved here three months ago and these drivers here in colorado are worse than any state I have seen. People need to not become angry with other drivers when they are driving at a slower pace to ensure traffic safety. I also think people need to stop tail gating other drivers and realize that if the person in front of you needs to come to a stop quickly that means you will hit them. COMMON SENSE in my opinion. The night of the ice storm people were being ignorant and unsafe. Slow down people and don't tail gate.
  • by mr x Location: co spgs on Oct 13, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    first of all i consider truckers as the best drivers. it's all the other IDIOTS that drive the cars that are the most dangerous. if you weren't working or really had no place to go that was of importance then why were you on the road?,,,driver's here in co spgs have no idea when it's summer or winter. they just keep on speeding and have no remorse for the drivers in front or the rear. that's why these IDIOTS cause so many crashes. it amazes me that people slow down for green lites and run red lites. IDIOTS!!! i wonder how many have insurance to fix their junk cars?,,,let alone insurance to fix the cars that the IDIOTS hit.
  • by Jenna Location: Ca on Oct 12, 2009 at 09:03 PM
    Just gotta say that I am a little bummed for the whole California/Texas drivers. Just because I have a CA license plate dosen't mean I grew up here, Midwest born and bred! You can't judge a driver by their plate no matter the state! Also, I find that in bad conditions truckers are the best drivers and the most courteous because they don't want YOU to mess up their route! Besides that the 2 times I have ever had car trouble it's always been a trucker who has helped me out!
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