A man was extricated by firefighters after his pickup hit another car and spun into oncoming traffic Wednesday morning, causing a five-car crash on Powers Boulevard near Stetson Hills Boulevard, police said.
The man was hospitalized in critical condition. Another driver was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, said police spokesman Lt. Jim Sokolik.
The wreck tangled traffic on Powers, where lanes in both directions were closed for about six hours as crews cleaned up debris. The thoroughfare reopened around 3 p.m.
The 9 a.m. wreck and its hourslong aftermath missed the Powers rush hours but still slowed drivers and clogged roads in a significant swath of eastern Colorado Springs.
The pickup was speeding along North Powers Boulevard when it hit the first car and caused an “accordion crash,” Sokolik said.
A series of wrecks followed. The names of the drivers involved were not released.
While police said speed was a factor in the crash, no information on tickets or possible charges was released.