Speeding the culprit in serious 2-car crash

Published: Mar. 26, 2018 at 12:06 PM MDT
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A car blew through a stoplight, according to witnesses and crashed into an oncoming truck.

The force of impact caused the truck to topple over and the car to catch fire.

The crash happened in downtown Colorado Springs at the intersection of Cimarron Street and Weber Street around 8:45 a.m. Monday.

"I was headed north on Weber and this black car passed me doing about 80," said witness Ronald Gress, who called 911 after the collision. "The light was red and he decided -- he went through it. All I did was yell in my car, 'Hit the brakes! Somebody hit the brakes!' because could just see [the crash] coming."

Police didn't confirm with 11 News that the driver in the car ran a light, but said it was obvious he was speeding due to the damage to both vehicles.

Three people were hospitalized. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

The car's engine caught fire after the crash. Firefighters quickly put the flames out.

"That one kept smoking and the dude was stuck in the car," Gress said. "That started on fire. Underneath the hood just burst."

Police say it's likely there will be charges in the crash.