DENVER (CBS4) – A snowy Sunday made for extremely icy roads and accidents.
Eastbound Interstate 70 had to shut down at I-25 because of a crash Sunday night. That was just one of several accidents in Denver.
One motorist CBS4’s Howard Nathan interviewed described the road getting slick and getting caught up in a multi-car collision. At least six cars were crunched near Coors Field. He tried to encourage people to slow down, but by then it was too late.
People were injured the crash near Coors Field as vehicles were smashed, airbags deployed, and even a police officer on his way to help suffered damage to his cruiser.
“A car spun out and (narrowly) missed this other car … so we stopped to help them,” accident victim Anthony Hodes said. “As they left then we see a Jetta just careening toward his car and in his car is his wife and their baby.”
Hodes was caught up in the tail end of the chain reaction collision, and then saw another crash.
“On the other side there’s a wreck over there, a car flipped,” he said.
City and state road crews spent Sunday getting ready for the morning commute.
“What we’re going to be doing overnight is focusing on ice control. So that means laying down de-icing across the network as needed,” Nancy Kuhn with Denver Public Works said.
Kuhn showed Nathan what might be a driver’s best friend on the road — a huge mound of sodium chloride.
“What this product does is a couple of things. It can help prevent ice from bonding, and it also helps break up the ice,” Kuhn said. “It’s granular in nature, so when cars drive over it, it breaks up the ice and provides some traction.”
The City of Denver said it sent 70 trucks to fight the spring snow storm.