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Colorado Springs on Accident Alert status

 Photo courtesy: CSFD
Photo courtesy: CSFD (KKTV)
Published: Dec. 31, 2018 at 3:00 PM MST
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Colorado Springs was placed on Accident Alert status Friday evening.

The city went on accident alert in response to road conditions at about 8:21 p.m. The alert came soon after snow started falling in the area.

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 online

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.

The fire department was called to the southeast part of the city along Carmel Drive for a crash where a truck hit a tree. The neighborhood is near S. Circle Drive and Monterey Road. One person was taken to the hospital.

"Roads are becoming very hazardous please stay in for the evening unless you have an emergency," CSFD wrote on social media.

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