Lights In Area Of Fatal Crash Will Be Repaired

By: KKTV
By: KKTV
The City of Colorado Springs has confirmed that it will be repairing many of the lights along a dark stretch of I-25, where a milk tanker overturned in a fatal accident last month.

(Photo Courtesy: CSFD)

A driver named Billy J. Reed was behind the wheel of the milk tanker that overturned on a dark stretch of I-25 last month. Police say he later died of his injuries.

The tanker crashed just north of Cimarron on a particularly dark portion of the interstate. Though streetlights line the stretch of road just north of downtown, none are lit. Police tell 11 News the darkness could have played a role in why the driver crashed, but they say it is difficult to determine an exact cause because they were never able to interview the driver.

Copper thieves are to blame for the darkness where the driver crashed, police say. They told 11 News thieves have stolen copper from streetlights just north of downtown, resulting in an unlit stretch of interstate.

The head of the city's streetlight program says the lights were hit a year ago, fixed, and then hit again. Additionally, there are over 400 lights out in Colorado Springs due to copper thieves.

To repair a vandalized streetlight costs around $1,000.

"When I first arrived this morning, before the sun came up, all of these streetlights were out," Sgt. Kelly said on the day of the crash. "Its been like that for quite some time, but it only adds to the problem."

Whatever the cause of the crash, the City of Colorado Springs has confirmed that many of the lights on I-25 between Fillmore and Cimarron will be repaired during the first quarter of 2012. The only lights that will be excluded are those covered by the deactivation plan.

The City says drivers can expect to start seeing an improvement by the end of January.

Reed's truck crashed into the barrier and overturned just after 4 a.m. on Thursday, December 18. The resulting mess closed northbound I-25 from Cimarron to Bijou for several hours.

The crash left the driver trapped, but fire crews were successfully able to extricate him. He was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but never recovered from his injuries.


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  • by Elizabeth Location: Stratmoor Hills on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:23 AM
    Sorry to hear about the driver. My condonences to his family. Ithink that the city and CSU should stop blaming "copper thieves" and take responibility. I drive that stretch of I-25 every morning about the time of this accident. Those lights have been out for some time. They were flagged during the city budget crunch and have not been turned back on like the city said it would do. Come on Mayor Bach and city council make this part of the highway a little safer and turn the lights back on. It is very dark and hard to see at that hour of the morning.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Stratmoor Hills on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:22 AM
    Sorry to hear about the driver. My condonences to his family. Ithink that the city and CSU should stop blaming "copper thieves" and take responibility. I drive that stretch of I-25 every morning about the time of this accident. Those lights have been out for some time. They were flagged during the city budget crunch and have not been turned back on like the city said it would do. Come on Mayor Bach and city council make this part of the highway a little safer and turn the lights back on. It is very dark and hard to see at that hour of the morning.
  • by John Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 3, 2012 at 09:11 PM
    It's sad that it takes a tragedy to get things fixed. When is the city going to turn back on all of the streetlights that they turned off to save money, then said would be turned back on? How about all of those along Research Blvd, especially east of Union? It is pretty dark up there at night - a little light would be nice! I am all for saving money and fiscal responsibility, but a well lit safe and secure environment is better for our community and makes the citizens want to continue living here rather than leaving.
  • by DEB H on Jan 3, 2012 at 07:55 PM
    First of all I am terribly sorry for the driver and his family. Secondly I apologize for some people's horrible comments. Those do not do anything but rub salt in wounds!! People should keep on course and not be making jokes. I know that first hand, when my 16 year old Grand daughter died there were all kind of horrible comments and I was so angry. You know the families deserve some respect at a time like this! I know for a fact that they already hurt enough. Being compassionate to their grief would go along way. I know some people think they are cute saying stupid stuff about Oreo cookies. How immature! I think that was probably one of the most stupid jokes, unless your'e 6 years old. I am impressed you knew how to spell Oreo cookies!! I never met the Man or his family, and it offended me that someone would make jokes. Like some wrote, you weren't there when it happened and you assume you know what caused this horrible accident. I wasn't either! I drive this stretch every morning going to work and it is horrible! People getting on from Cimmaron, no lights, the curve and oncoming headlights are enough for someone that is use to it, to have an accident. Please just do a favor and don't make jokes of a horrible situation. I can't for the life of me understand how someone can!
  • by @loretta Location: colorado springs on Jan 3, 2012 at 07:18 PM
    Don`t put down Colorado Springs because of cruel comments, not all of us are cruel! My condolences to the truck driver`s family, I was hoping and praying for his recovery.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:08 PM
    To the people with the hateful comments!! Everyone one of you should be ashamed of yourselves for such thoughtless comments. Unless you were in that truck you have no idea what happen. My thoughts are with the family of this driver. I have over a million miles driving truck and lots of things happen on the road. Its not easy being on the road away from your family but the man was working and making his own way!! So if you dont have something nice to say to his family maybe you shouldn't say anything at all!! A retired women driver
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      by Sarah on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:48 PM in reply to
      This is very true. I drive a truck too, and it's easy to judge until you are in that truck getting blown around by the wind and cut off by cars (when the light is red mind you). We drive those trucks at every hour of the day, rain, snow, ice, wind, heat, cold, you name it. We are all humans. It's like mocking a soldier that dies because he chose to be in the military. We need them, and we need truckers for everything from gas to bread to helping the economy. Let's have some respect here.
  • by Loretta Location: Fqrt Worth TX on Dec 17, 2011 at 04:38 PM
    So many people are saying some very cruel things about my brother in law.But GOD takes care of off the wall idiots, Im so proud to be a TEXASAN, So to all of you who live in this cheap place, Try a prayer for his girls and the rest of his family.Then see how it works for you on sunday.
  • by Shelly Location: Fort Worth, Tx. on Dec 16, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    My condolences to the family.

    It is so sad how everyone can judge and blame the driver. No one was there. Only he truly knows what caused this tragic accident. May he rest in peace and the Lord bring comfort to his family.

    To the heartless jerk with the spilled milk/oreo jokes...... One day when tragedy strikes your family, I pray no one makes a joke out of it.
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      by WHAT? on Dec 16, 2011 at 07:23 PM in reply to Shelly
      Why are you saying "may he rest in peace?" Did he die? This story says he is in critical condition. Please say he didn't die. This would be so terrible if it were true.
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        by Texas on Dec 17, 2011 at 09:28 AM in reply to WHAT?
        Yes...WHAT...he did pass away.
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          by Oh my on Dec 17, 2011 at 06:40 PM in reply to Texas
          I am so sorry to hear that. It is terrible news. Truckers have such a lonely and dangerous job as it is, and other drivers in their tiny cars pay no mind to them. I always feel safer in my truck because I'm bigger than everyone else. I am truly saddened by this. Not EVERYONE in Colorado is heartless. Please let the family know if they informed the news and set up a fund, many people would donate to help through this terrible time. I know I would.
  • by chevy jen on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    I like what u wrote Texas driver...
  • by Anonymous ur a idiot Location: colo spr on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    Just because the speed limit says "55" or "65" or what-ever it is, does not mean you MUST drive that speed, it means that you don't drive faster then that speed

    Your a idiot who ever posted this thespeed limit is just that the speed ilimit
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