Stoplight Cable Snaps, Lifts Car Into The Air

By: Karen Morfitt Email
By: Karen Morfitt Email

Strong wind gusts may have played a role in snapping a cable that holds stoplights in place above the intersection of Highway 24 and Judge Orr Road. The broken cable damaged a car that happened to be passing through at an unlucky moment.

Suzan Scott says she and her sister were in the car at the time. When the cable hit, she says they thought the vehicle was going to flip over.

Witnesses say the car was lifted about 4 feet into the air.

"All of a sudden I heard a big crack! I saw the shadow of it, and I couldn't figure out what was going on,” said Scott. “I heard it crack and then I go: 'What in the world was that?'"

CDOT is repairing the cable, because Highway 24 is a state-operated roadway. They can't know for certain if wind played a role in breaking the cable, but say it is a likely factor.

State Patrol has told Scott that they can't help with damage to the car. 11 News is trying to contact CDOT to find out if they'll be able to assist.


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  • by Hmmm Location: COS on Jan 3, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    Interesting. The State has a Risk Management division. Send it to them, it will be paid for. This is your tax dollars at work.
  • by Briansd Location: Florida on Dec 30, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    Its about time considering I pay for insurance on vehicles I don't even use most of the time. I first learned about the pay as you go from these guys http://www.cheapcarinsurance.net
  • by Falcon_res Location: Falcon on Dec 30, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    You know what people if you don't like the way things are run. LEAVE! Just glad no one got hurt.
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      by Tony on Dec 30, 2011 at 02:06 PM in reply to Falcon_res
      As you can't even form a sentence, I hope you're not representative of the people that live in Falcon.
  • by FarginBastige on Dec 30, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    Before jumping to conclusions and yelling about insurance and sueing, how about re-reading the story? State Patrol said they couldn't help with the car. That's because it's not State Patrol's responsibility. If the individual has a case, which has yet to be determined, it would fall on CDOT to compensate. Let's see how this thing plays out before grabbing the pitchforks.
  • by wow on Dec 30, 2011 at 01:26 AM
    My god what a bunch of immature idiots on here.Do you guys just look for stories to start nonsense??Grow up already!
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      by Fred on Dec 30, 2011 at 08:00 AM in reply to wow
      The space bar on your keyboard is also used for putting spaces between your sentences. Try using it next time. All the "immature" people posting here were able to figure that out.
  • by Anon on Dec 29, 2011 at 09:11 PM
    Um Jon.. Insurance will pay for this, if she has coverage. There us no reason it wouldn't pay even if the state was responsible, which chances are they are not..
  • by E&J Location: Peyton on Dec 29, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    This is not the first time this has happened. A few years back, one of the traffic light cables broke and a light fell on our vehicle.
  • by Jason Location: Co.Springs on Dec 29, 2011 at 05:13 PM
    This is unfortunate what happened. However, no one was hurt much less killed. That is definately good.
  • by Resident on Dec 29, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    Doesn't anyone remember that magical additional fee we had to pay for our vehicle tags called "Road and Bridge Fees". Hello, CDOT are you there? This is lawsuit calling!
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      by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 at 05:04 PM in reply to Resident
      Stupidest thing I've seen here so far... Lets see, the road and bridges fees are for...wait for it...ROADS AND BRIDGES!!! This was a wire that failed due to WIND! Nothing can be done about it! Get off the idiotic "lawsuit" thing here people. It's an unfortunate ACT OF GOD...file an insurance claim and carry on. Sheesh.
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        by Walt on Dec 29, 2011 at 05:56 PM in reply to
        Hey Anon... Act of God, maybe so. But if you are so quick to judge, help them out...Sheesh.
  • by Harry Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 29, 2011 at 04:16 PM
    Of all the comments I did not see anyone that even mentioned the people having insurance that would cover damage to their car under comprehensive damage. If there was physical or medical damage this is also covered. Why does everybody think "SUE" first. We should all start thinking about being responsible people, and in this case even though the local people that have oversight for the lights should help those people that drive should also have the required insurance.
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      by Jon on Dec 29, 2011 at 07:10 PM in reply to Harry
      Comprehensive insurance won't necessarily pay for this. You can bet the insurance company will do everything to find a way NOT to pay.
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        by ummm on Dec 29, 2011 at 07:26 PM in reply to Jon
        Yes it will ... read what comp coverage covers before you open your mouth.
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