Two Colorado pileups involved more than 50 vehicles in total in Colorado on Monday. The two pileups closed stretches of Interstate 70.
Two car pileups in Colorado on Monday were blamed on mountain snow and high winds, it was reported.
They involved more than 50 vehicles in total, located in the Colorado mountains near the Vail ski resort, authorities told Reuters.
In all, three people were hospitalized in a pileup involving 25 vehicles that closed down part of Interstate 70, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office stated, according to the news agency. “None of the injuries were reported to be serious,” it said.
“We were seeing blizzard conditions. We had such poor visibility and that was most of the problem motorists were experiencing,” Mindy Crane, a spokeswoman Department of Transportation, told the Post Independent.
There was another large pileup on another stretch of Interstate 70 on Monday, the newspaper said.
“Folks were going too fast for the conditions,” Department of Transportation spokesperson Ashley Mohr told the paper.
In all, several portions of Interstate 70, which were located around 100 miles west of Denver, were closed. They were reopened later on Monday, according to Reuters.
“We’ll say the same thing you always hear. Give the person in front of you plenty of room. Don’t get in a hurry,” state trooper Nate Reid told the Independent.
He added: “We think we have to pass that semi truck. But if that truck is chained up and moving up the hill, relax and settle in behind it.”
The blizzard was part of a quick-moving storm that blew through Colorado, leaving a foot of snow in the northern and central region of the state, according to Reuters.
March is generally the snowiest month in Colorado.
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