Winter weather conditions cause chaos

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email
As Grand Junction braces for this storm to hit, motorists on I-70 near the Utah border already got a taste of it, making driving conditions treacherous.

Snow began falling heavier in Colorado Springs at around 5 AM this morning. On and Off Ramps and Overpasses are slick but managable.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - As Grand Junction braces for this storm to hit, motorists on I-70 near the Utah border already got a taste of it, making driving conditions treacherous.

Wet, snowy and slippery. The combination of these winter burdens causing two SUV's to roll.

"They were unfortunately going to fast for the conditions of the roads," says Colorado State Trooper David Copley.

I-70 westbound near the Utah border was a death trap Sunday and vehicles had a hard time staying on the road.

"They were just going too fast around the curves," says Copley.

Colorado State Patrol says the two drivers were not speeding.

"They were going near the speed limit, which is 75," says Copley.

But following the speed limit in these conditions isn't enough and State Patrol says drivers need to slow down when the snow starts falling.

"If the drivers would have slowed to 50, 55 miles per hour, they probably wouldn't have crashed," he says.

Both drivers and passengers were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

With the weather worsening and Grand Junction set to get its own dose of snow very soon, State Patrol just hopes drivers will keep the winter weather in mind as they step on the gas.

"If they would have slowed down, they would have stayed on the road," says Copley.

With snow expected in the Grand Valley Monday, troopers say it's a good time to check your tires and make sure your car is ready for winter driving.


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