A collision involving more than 20 vehicles has blocked traffic on Interstate 70 in Colorado. The incident happened Wednesday afternoon after a snowstorm hit the state. Although no one was seriously injured in the incident, it took the services all night to clean up the effects of the accident.
On Wednesday and Thursday, it swept through the western part of the United States storm snowy. In the state of Colorado, the snowstorm turned out to be so violent that it ended with a gigantic pile-up on Interstate 70, one of the region’s main thoroughfares.
Road closed in both directions
The first collision was recorded on Wednesday around 2 pm local time (in Poland it was then 10 pm). Police then received a report of a truck collision near the city of Strasbourg on the outskirts of Denver. Due to slippery roads and extremely poor visibility, more vehicles quickly joined the collision – a total of 12 trucks and nine cars were involved in the collision.
One person was slightly injured in the incident, Denver 7 reported. However, several trucks had damaged, leaking fuel tanks, so emergency services equipped with appropriate equipment went to the site. The stretch of road between Denver and Kansas was closed in both directions. There was a traffic jam on the highway – in the night from Wednesday to Tuesday, about 60 trucks were trapped in it waiting for the opening of the road, which took place on Thursday morning.
Canceled classes at schools
Difficult weather conditions took their toll not only on drivers. On Wednesday and Thursday, many schools across the state canceled classes for student safety. The Boulder, Colorado branch of the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that there could be snowstorms in parts of the state on Friday as well, with heavy fog north of Denver limiting visibility.
Denver 7, CBS Colorado, NWS Boulder
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