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Gazette Premium Content Traffic accidents across the city, including 4 on I-25

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By Erin Prater Published: February 1, 2014

Colorado Springs police are working four accidents on northbound Interstate 25 between the Nevada Avenue and Garden of the Gods Road exits, including one accident involving a semi truck that jack-knifed.

The Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Springs police and the Colorado Department of Transportation are among those on scene at the accident involving the semi, which occurred shortly after 4 p.m. between the Fillmore Street and Garden of the God exits.

Northbound, middle and left lanes of traffic are closed between the Uintah Street and Fillmore exits and will likely remain closed for longer due to a substance, likely fuel, that is leaking from the semi, Colorado Springs Police Department Sgt. Micheal Cram said at 5 p.m.

The truck driver was transported to a local hospital. His condition is unknown, Cram said.

Several accidents have occurred this afternoon, he said.

"It's really, really icy up there," Cram said. "They've called for sand trucks to respond."

Elsewhere in the city, a vehicle slid off the road and hit a tree near the intersection of Austin Bluffs Parkway and Templeton Gap Road shortly before 5 p.m., Colorado Springs Police Lt. Cari Graves said.

The patient was freed about eight minutes later, and medical help has arrived, Graves said at 5:10 p.m.

Police will soon be closing the intersection of Oro Blanco Drive and North Carefree CIrcle until the area can be sanded, Graves said.

Colorado Springs police are on accident alert and will likely remain on alert throughout the night, Cram said.

Colorado State Patrol is on accident alert in El Paso and Teller counties, a spokesman said at 5 p.m.

Snow is falling from Colorado Springs northward through Denver, and will continue to fall for the next several hours, meteorologist Kathy Torgerson, with the National Weather Service in Pueblo, said at 5:30 p.m.

The snow should move out by midnight. Temperatures will bottom out tonight around 4 in Colorado Springs and -2 at the Air Force Academy, she said.

Super Bowl Sunday looks to be dry with highs in the mid 20s for Colorado Springs. But snow is likely to return Monday afternoon and night as "another respectable storm" moves in, bringing "a couple of inches" to Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Monument, she said.

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