A series of truck accidents involving 11 semi-trucks and one SUV occurred on the morning of Friday, October 26 in Limon, Colorado. Westbound I-70 was closed for about eight hours while emergency responders cleared the scene. One truck, carrying a potentially hazardous glue-like substance, burst into flames.
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials said that slippery road conditions played a role in the accident.
‘Sheet of Ice’
Molly Medow, the SUV’s driver, said that the chain reaction of accidents began when the semi-truck in front of her jackknifed into another. She said the road was a “sheet of ice.”
CDOT says that while the accident is still under investigation, some drivers may have been traveling too fast for the conditions. Two people received hospital treatment for non-critical injuries.
“It is amazing with the crash and the volume and the size of this magnitude that there aren’t worse injuries,” said Colorado State Trooper Josiah Li.
Large truck crashes were responsible for one ninth of all traffic deaths in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That same year in Colorado, 58 large trucks were involved in fatal traffic accidents.
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