Icy roads Saturday morning led to a massive 104 car pileup on Interstate 25 through central Denver killing one person and injuring 30.
The chain reaction accident began just before 11:00 a.m. near University and Downing on the northbound side of the interstate. Cars, unable to stop on the ice and snow covered highway, began piling up.
One woman was killed in the accident. Her name is currently being withheld. The woman’s vehicle struck the back of a semitrailer, peeling the roof back as it lodged under the trailer.
Thirty people were injured and transported to area hospitals including Denver Health, St. Anthony’s and Swedish Medical Center. Among the injured were adults and children.
Freezing drizzle in the early morning hours had coated the road. Light snow then had fallen adding to the moisture that caused the road to become a veritable skating rink.
As is often the case with accidents like this, road conditions were only partly to blame. Drivers going too fast for conditions and following too close contributed to the extensive pileup.
One driver caught in the middle, Darrell Barber, told the Denver Post, "People were just driving too fast for conditions. It was totally preventable."
Barber described a scene in which drivers attempted to stop but could not on the icy road. While he was successful in bringing his vehicle to a halt, those behind were not and soon he was hit from behind.
The interstate was closed for nearly five hours while Denver Police and other first responders worked to clear the scene and evacuate the injured.
Other areas of I-25 were subject to icy roads and accidents as well.
Near Fountain five people were injured in a crash that saw one vehicle rolled over. A Colorado State Patrol cruiser was struck in the accident.
To the north, in Weld County near mile marker 245, multiple vehicles were involved in a pileup prompting the interstate to be closed for a period of time.