Only minor injuries were reported after several vehicles collided Monday afternoon on southbound I-25 near Rockrimmon in Colorado Springs.
There were two separate crashes, but both happened in the same area within minutes of one another. The crashes shut down the southbound side of the interstate for more than two hours, snarling traffic in the area. The roadway was reopened at 3:40 p.m.
The first accident involved a tanker truck that reportedly braked suddenly to avoid hitting a large cardboard box in the middle of the road. Police say that caused a chain reaction, resulting in two SUVs, a sedan and a flatbed truck carrying Caterpillar machinery all colliding.
A second crash involving a pickup truck and sedan occurred in the same area moments later.
Police, firefighters and CSFD HAZMAT all responded to the scene. HAZMAT was called due to a diesel spill from the flatbed truck.
Two people were transported to the hospital, but were determined to have just minor injuries. A third person also sustained minor injuries, but was not transported.
Police say the at-fault driver in each crash was cited for careless driving. They noted that the roadway was damp from an earlier thunderstorm.