Colorado Springs remains on accident alert status Monday as 140+ crashes are reported across city in 24 hours

Road conditions Sunday made for rough driving in Colorado Springs.
Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 8:35 AM MST|Updated: Jan. 30, 2023 at 9:03 AM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Icy road conditions and single-digit temperatures are keeping Colorado Springs on accident alert status for another day.

Under accident alert, or cold reporting, if drivers are involved in a crash and there are no injuries, suspected drug/alcohol use, or public property damage, they’re asked to exchange information versus calling police. Drivers then have up 72 hours to report the crash.

Springs police say the above still applies if a tow truck has to be called to the scene.

Even with the city on accident alert since Sunday morning, firefighters tell 11 News they responded to a whopping 140 crashes in the span of just 24 hours.

“The roads ended up being very icy even with just a couple inches of snow that we received, and they iced over and created quite a few traffic accidents this morning,” said Lt. Joey Buttenwieser with the Colorado Springs Fire Department of their busy Sunday.

A number of the crashes involved injuries ranging from minor to more serious, Buttenwieser told 11 News.

Some of the collisions Sunday reportedly involved as many as 10 cars.

Conditions remain unchanged Monday. Firefighters and police both say that if you don’t have to be out on the roads, stay home. If you must drive, the usual common sense applies: take it slow, give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to be.

“Definitely reduce your speed. Gravity will often pull you into the ditches or down the hill if you are not careful,” Buttenwieser said.

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