Weather causes Denver metro traffic problems

KUSA – Luckily, the worst of the worst seems to be over. Winter weather conditions caused multiple traffic crashes and highway closures around the Denver metro area Tuesday.

Two people had to be rescued from a truck after it crashed into Clear Creek Tuesday afternoon.

The Golden Fire Department says there were no serious injuries. It happened around 1:45 p.m. on U.S. Highway 6 in Clear Creek Canyon.

Fire crews say drivers passing by called 911. It's not known how the truck ended up in the creek.

Earlier in the evening on Tuesday, driving conditions were so bad several abandoned vehicles were littered along each side of the highway.

"It's been a stupid busy day," Carl Waisanen said.

The ramp from southbound Interstate 25 to Hampden Avenue was closed due to a crash. There were two single vehicle rollovers. At least one person was taken to the hospital with serious bodily injuries.

The only folks who enjoyed the nasty weather were people like Waisanen. He's a tow-truck driver who spent his day picking up deserted vehicles stuck on I-25. By the time we met him, he was already on his 7th vehicle.

"I've got three more lined up," he said.

Eastbound Interstate 70 was closed east of the Eisenhower Tunnel due to a multiple vehicle crash. Hours later, multiple crashes west of the tunnel caused more closures.

I-70 was closed in both directions between Morrison and Genesee for some time. I-70 was also closed at Lookout Mountain due to accidents and adverse weather.

The snow wasn't nearly as bad as the wind. Heavy gusts whipped countless flakes onto the windshields of every passing vehicle making it difficult for drivers to see.

Fortunately, around the time eight o'clock rolled around the wind and snow tapered down.

The only concern now is ice coated roadways.


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