NORTHGLENN, Colo. (CBS4)– An accident in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 has caused major traffic delays during Friday’s evening commute.
The accident happened in the northbound lanes at 104th just after 4 p.m. All northbound lanes were closed for about 90 minutes. Traffic was diverted off I-25 at the Thornton Parkway, exit 219.
A Jeep Cherokee had been on the ramp to 104th Ave. when it was struck from behind by a Honda Ridgeline. The Jeep rolled several times before coming to a rest. All three occupants were transported to Denver Health Medical Center. One was taken by helicopter.
The Honda continued up the one ramp for a short distance before it travelled down the embankment onto I-25, crossing all three lanes of traffic, striking the center median; crossing back across all three lanes of traffic and coming to a rest on the right shoulder of I-25 just north of the 104th Ave. bridge. The driver and sole occupant of the Honda Ridgeline was transported to North Suburban Medical Center.
Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the accident. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Two northbound lanes reopened at about 5:30 p.m. but traffic was backed up for about 10 miles, to 6th Ave. in Denver.
There is more than the usual traffic back ups along northbound I-25 because of the University of Colorado football game at 7 p.m. at Folsom Field on the Boulder campus.
Drivers were urged to find an alternate route north because of backups.