Colorado Springs on 'Accident Alert' on Friday, multiple crashes across the city
The City of Colorado Springs went on "Accident Alert" status just before 6 p.m. on Thursday due to multiple crashes.
The status stayed in place through Friday afternoon with horrible road conditions, especially on the north side of the city. Even a police cruiser was involved in a crash Thursday night at N. Union and Charity Drive when someone else lost control on the icy road and slammed into the cruiser. There were no serious injuries in the crash involving an officer.
Austin Bluffs was closed in both directions at Union because of several crashes and icy conditions at that time. At about 7:45 p.m. Thursday night, both directions were back open.
Accident Alert, or cold reporting, means if a driver is involved in a crash where alcohol or drugs are not suspected and there are no injuries, that the driver should exchange information with any other people involved, instead of calling police out to the scene.
During cold reporting, drivers have up to 72 hours to pick up a cold crash report from the police department or state patrol. They are also available
Springs police want to remind drivers that they should check road and travel conditions before heading out and leave more time to get to their destination if they must drive.
Drivers also need to travel at a safe speed for the conditions and leave an increased and safe following distance from the car in front of them. Drivers should use streets and roadways less hazardous in winter driving conditions.
Officers also warn that drivers need to remove any snow and ice obstructing their view and have decent tires, or snow tires, on their vehicles.
As more information becomes available this article will be updated.