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Colorado Springs Gridlock

By: Nora Seibert/KKTV 11 News
By: Nora Seibert/KKTV 11 News

Drivers spent hours on the road last night trying to get home after work. Colorado Springs Police say the snow hit at the worst possible time, with enough sticking to the roads as rush hour hit to bogg down the drive home.

Break lights could be seen for miles along Interstate 25. According to 11 New Traffic Reporter James Brown, speeds were between 5 and 10 miles an hour last night.

"It usually takes me 20 minutes to get from there to my home... but it took me about 40 to 45 at least last night," said commuter Lori Hentschel.

Sgt. Randy Beall says, the storm just hit at the worst possible time of the day.

"By 5 o'clock the town was pretty much gridlock, things weren't moving," said Sgt. Beall.

The congestion tried the patience of many drivers.

"Normally it would take you about 10 minutes to get through town, but yesterday. I would say a half an hour to maybe 45 minutes because it was bogged down, overload on the I," said Brown.

"There were a number of accidents... a number of stuck cars... there were a number of cars that hit the curb, went sideways, blocked intersections," said Sgt. Beall.

Police say they too had a tough timing getting around town since most of their vehicles aren't 4 wheel drive.


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