Icy road conditions made for a treacherous commute in Colorado Springs Thursday, as wrecks piled up throughout the city and a Colorado State Trooper suffered minor injuries when his vehicle was struck on Interstate 25.
Police went into cold accident reporting status at 11 p.m. Wednesday, when as much as an inch of snow had already accumulated in northern areas of Colorado Springs.
Morning drivers braved slick roads as two rollover crashes were reported shortly after 8 a.m. on U.S. 24 by 31st Street with minor injuries. A three-car wreck blocked traffic on Fillmore Street west of Interstate 25 and a crash on Highway 115 and Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard added to commuters' woes.
By 9:15 a.m., state patrol reported a trooper had suffered minor injuries when his patrol car was struck on northbound I-25 near the Briargate Parkway interchange. The driver was not hurt in the crash, but the trooper's car had to be towed.
A rollover crash on Falcon Highway and Meridian Road with injuries was reported about 9:30 a.m., followed closely by a second rollover on Falcon Highway and Southfork Drive, east of Curtis Road.
Closer to downtown Colorado Springs, a multi-vehicle wreck on Platte Avenue and Circle Drive that blocked lanes on both roads and further slowed traffic in the area.
State patrol in Colorado Springs encouraged drivers to slow down and use caution, tweeting a photograph of the patrol car struck.
"Remember, what costs us money, costs everyone money. Help keep "our" cars off tow trucks and drive safely," a tweet from the state patrol said. "No one wins in these crashes. Move over, slow down and keep a safe following distance to not hit us."