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photo - Traffic backs up on I-25 before Garden of the Gods Road after a multiple car accident closed several lanes of the highway Friday, January 31, 2014. Snow is expected to continue to fall through the night. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette + caption
Traffic backs up on I-25 before Garden of the Gods Road after a multiple car accident closed several lanes of the highway Friday, January 31, 2014. Snow is expected to continue to fall through the night. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
By Lisa Walton, The Gazette Updated: February 1, 2014 at 7:37 am

The Colorado Springs police department was dealing with several accidents and road closures Friday evening, but calls for traffic hazards were slowing down by 8:30 p.m.

"It's still bad out there though," said Colorado Springs police Lt. Mike Lux.

Around 6 p.m. the department was dealing with multiple crashes around the city, including several officer-involved crashes where other drivers slid into police cruisers, he said.

Trouble spots included southbound Academy Boulevard and southbound Nevada Avenue, he said. Other trouble spots included the area around Academy and Unions boulevards, and the hill near Union and Woodmen Road.

“I-25 is a parking lot,” he added.  

Drivers faced major delays on southbound I-25  Friday evening, as congestion heavily slowed the commute  from Woodmen Road south to Fontanero Street, according to the Colorado Springs traffic management center.

An earlier multiple-vehicle accident near Garden of the Gods Road and southbound I-25 snarled traffic until around 4 p.m. Tobias said. Another accident involving a semi-truck and five cars was reported around 1:40 p.m. on northbound I-25 near Fontanero Street.

Police also reported accidents at Airport and Murray roads, and at Pikes Peak Avenue and Delaware Drive.

Sgt. Olav Chaney with the Sand Creek division said Academy Boulevard between Bijou and Pikes Peak Avenue was shut down briefly until snow trucks were able to get through and clear it out.

“There were a lot of people running into each other,” he said. “It was kind of crazy.”

The southbound lanes of Southgate Road were open as of 8 p.m. They had been closed around 6 p.m. at Montrose Avenue due to icy roadways between Montrose and Lake avenues.

The Fountain Fire Department also reported multiple accidents and slick roads. “Roads in Fountain are extremely icy, snowing moderately now, drive with caution,” the department said in a tweet.

Around the state, Colorado State Patrol is recommending that motorists avoid La Veta pass because of heavy snow, limited visibility and very slick road conditions.

Westbound Interstate 70  remained closed at US 40/Empire. There was no estimated time of reopening and 2 plus hour delays were expected. and Truckers were advised to avoid the area.

Slow speeds were advised on I-25 south of Denver to Colordao Springs due to snow and icy spots.

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