Auto accidents abound during weekend storm |

Auto accidents abound during weekend storm

Julie Sutor

SUMMIT COUNTY – For four days, the snow fell.

And so did automobiles – not from the skies, but from local roads into ditches, gullies and snowdrifts.

“The last four days, we covered 30 crashes and we went to twice as many that just slid off the road,” said Cpl. Joe Hurt of Colorado State Patrol (CSP). “The roads weren’t really that bad, I just think people were going too fast and not paying attention.”

On average, CSP responds to about a third as many accidents in Summit County as it saw during the recent storm.

According to Hurt, most of the drivers involved in the crashes were Colorado residents – people who should know better than to keep the pedal to the metal during a winter storm.

“The main cause is people not giving due regard to the conditions,” Hurt said. “It’s just inattentive driving that causes most of our crashes.”

Fortunately, none of the accidents resulted in fatalities or severe injuries.

“We were lucky this snowstorm to have a few extra troopers on. With that visibility, it slowed people down a little bit, so all we saw was property damage. I can’t think of any that had bad injuries, but we had a couple of totaled cars.”

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