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Ice brings traffic to crawl on Highway 94

By Scott Harrison
Published On: Mar 05 2013 02:24:01 AM CST

Bumper-to-bumper traffic for two hours between Colorado Springs and Ellicott.

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -

Monday's evening rush hour storm left a coating of ice that slowed vehicles for more than two hours in eastern El Paso County.

From 5 p.m. until around 7:30 p.m., vehicles struggled to avoid sliding off a 20-mile stretch of Highway 94 between Colorado Springs and Ellicott.  Rush hour traffic from nearby Schriever Air Force Base added to the congestion, making it difficult for sand trucks to reach the area.

Many drivers parked on the shoulder and waited for conditions to improve, or abandoned their vehicles and found other transportation. 

Steep hills made driving particularly challenging, especially the hill east of Marksheffel Road just outside the Colorado Springs city limits.  State road crews briefly closed the hill to apply sand and provide needed traction to drivers.

No serious accidents or injuries were reported.

Monday's storm was the second in a week to seriously impact Highway 94 in that area.  A storm last Tuesday forced the highway to close overnight, stranding students and teachers at Miami-Yoder School and requiring some drivers to spend the night at the Ellicott Fire Station.

Monday's storm also produced scattered white-out conditions similar to last week's storm.  Slide-offs and minor crashed were reported in Black Forest and north of Ellicott.

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