Car crashes, slide-offs and road closures. They happened all weekend long due to slick and icy road conditions and the Colorado Springs Police Department has been keeping track of all those accidents.
From Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon CSPD received 282 traffic report accidents. Of those, officers responded to 151 crashes. Since CSPD has been on accident alert there are countless other crashes, according to police, where drivers did not call police, but just exchanged information.
CSPD also says so far officers have responded to 69 reports of traffic hazards in the roadway. All of the dangers are adding up a warning from cops: do not travel unless it is imperative.
Springs police say as of Sunday evening, the city is still on accident alert status. That means if you’re involved in a traffic accident where the vehicles are okay to drive, and none of the involved drivers are suspected of being drunk, and no occupants of the vehicles are injured, drivers may exchange information and prepare a cold report within 72 hours of the crash.
Police in Pueblo also say they saw a higher number of accidents too due to slick roads. They were on accident alert for most of the weekend, but canceled it on Sunday afternoon.
"I think the ice got everybody and it got them by surprise," said Troy Gentzel who is a tow truck operator for Randy's Towing in Colorado Springs. Gentzel describes the past 36 hours as horrendous. "We were getting backed up really bad," said Gentzel.
Between him and 20 other drivers, Gentzel thinks roughly 100 cars were collected and hauled off to the city impound lot. "It's full, we're running out of places to put cars," said Gentzel.
He says Sunday has been busy, but mellow compared to Saturday.
The major roadways all over town continue to get cleaned up and sprayed with anti-skid material.
Many of the roads that thawed out on Sunday will re-freeze. Authorities want you to keep that in mind during your Monday morning commute to work.