Just as meteorologists predicted the snow tapered off Wednesday morning, and grand valley residents were left with below freezing temperatures which made for some extremely slick roads. The best defense- experts say fitting you car with snow tires and smart driving.
In De Beque Canyon there were three different accidents, and all had something in common. Speed.
One car traveling through the canyon hit a slick spot in the shade, rammed into the canyon wall and came to rest on its side. No one was injured. But three people were sent to the hospital when this car crashed almost exactly the same way. Down the road a short while later, another car also hit an icy patch causing it to smash into the concrete divider.
Another rollover accident near the state line sent six people to the hospital with minor injuries when this SUV lost control, hit a rock wall and flipped onto it's side. The driver was cited for careless driving.
In just 36 hours the Grand Junction Police Department Responded to 19 accidents, one in which someone was injured. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office was called out on 15 injury accidents and 16 non–injury. The Colorado State Patrol went out to more than ten accidents most of which there were minor injuries.
So with or without snow tires, one thing's for sure; driving at a reduced speed and with precaution can cut down your chances of getting into an accident.