There was a 24-car pileup accident in Glenwood Springs, CO yesterday afternoon. Colorado State Patrol reports that the crash involved 17 passenger vehicles and 7 semi-trucks on Interstate 70 eastbound near milepost 120. Initial reports indicated that the skies were clear when the crash happened, but the area has been seeing a lot of snow, so icy conditions aren’t out of the question. Authorities closed both directions on I-70 for hours until the crash was cleared.
Reports say eight people were injured. Fortunately, there were no fatalities. Master Trooper Gary Cutler said he had to tow 3 semi-trucks and 15 passenger vehicles, which means only 7 vehicles were able to leave under their own power or had a driver.
Car Pileups Compound Serious Injuries
Vehicle pileups are especially dangerous in winter, where survival depends on keeping engines (and heaters) running. Earlier this year, the vehicle pileup in Fort Worth kept multiple people in their cars for hours in freezing conditions.
There were numerous notable vehicle pileups this year. In Utah, there was a 20-car pileup caused by a sandstorm that killed 8 people and injured 10 more. Just a month prior in Alabama, there was a pileup that killed 10 people—most of them children. Increasing congestion and poor road maintenance are just two of the factors that make pileup accidents increasingly likely.
Read our recent blog on tips for bad weather driving.