GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Another burst of wintry weather swept across the West Rim, and this one created a lot of trouble on the roads, especially on Interstate 70 in the Grand Valley.
While roads earlier this week saw snow and slush, meteorologists said today’s storm left a layer of ice on the road, which is likely the cause of many accidents.
Meteorologist Chris Guevara says the layer of snow that fell overnight has turned into a layer of ice.
“Basically, it’s like frozen snow on the ground,” Guevara said. “So that’s where it was all over the Grand Valley where the surfaces had remained so slippery, and there were so many accidents.”
Many of these accidents happened on I-70. Colorado State Patrol said the freeway was closed for two to three hours in Clifton after two semi-trucks crashed and several other vehicles also collided.
Also, on I-70 in Palisade, CSP says a passenger car hit a box truck, which in turn hit a snowplow. A woman in the car was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Another vehicle in the area attempted to swerve to avoid the crash, but ended up overturning.
State Patrol says soldiers responded to ten crashes this morning, all of which were directly affected by the freezing conditions, and speed was also found to be a factor. Soldiers say seven semi-trucks were involved in various accidents in the valley.
The freezing conditions also prompted District 51 to implement a one-hour delayed start for students and faculty. District spokeswoman Emily Shockley said when the district delays the start time, it’s about being safe rather than sorry.
“It was just about ice. It was something where it wasn’t about the abundance of snow or having groomed roads. It was pretty much certain areas that had ice and who just wanted to give people time,” Shockley said.
Shockley also says the district always has people watching the forecast to determine what the day will bring.
“Whenever we have adverse weather conditions or potentially dangerous road conditions in the forecast, we have people from the district and the bus company, who start driving as early as three in the morning and they test the roads in different parts. of the valley because you might have a different set of conditions in Palisade and a full set of situations in Fruita.
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