Driver arrested for DUI after causing 8-car collision in Colorado Springs

7 car crash closes major Colorado Springs road.
7 car crash closes major Colorado Springs road.(KKTV)
Published: Oct. 16, 2021 at 7:32 PM MDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2021 at 7:36 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A suspected drunk driver caused an eight-vehicle pileup after slamming their pickup into a vehicle at a stoplight Saturday evening.

Police say the driver hit the car at the intersection of South Academy and Airport Road, triggering a domino-effect crash as one vehicle after another collided. Despite the number of people involved, only two suffered injuries severe enough to require treatment at a hospital. Police say both are expected to recover.

South Academy was completely shut down between Airport Road and Wentworth Drive for more than three hours, reopening shortly before 11 p.m..

The driver who caused the crash was arrested for DUI. They have not been identified at the time of this writing.

*Editor’s note: Police originally said this was a seven-vehicle crash but have since updated the number to eight.

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