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Southern Coloradans face slick driving conditions

By Carl Winder, Multimedia Journalist, carl.winder@krdo.com
Published On: Jan 04 2014 06:18:41 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 04 2014 08:05:57 PM CST

KRDO Newschannel 13's Carl Winder talks to one driver who compared Saturday's drive to a war zone.

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -

Tow trucks hauling vehicles, accidents and law enforcement were a common sight today in Southern Colorado.

Snow and ice on the roads proved to be a challenge today for drivers.

Northbound Interstate 25, between South Academy and Fort Carson, was closed for more than two hours because a semi-truck rolled.

Milton Trujilo said he was on his way to Denver, but his plans changed when he saw what was on the road.

"I've already seen four accidents. I'm turning back," Trujilo said.

Slick driving conditions made it a busy day for off-duty police officer Jason Stockley.

He was on his way to Colorado Springs.

Even though he was off the clock, he doesn't take a day off saving lives.

"A white truck flipped over into the middle of the median and flipped on top of the truck. I stopped and ran over to pull them out of the truck because they were trapped in it," Stockley said.

Despite helping other drivers, he and his wife were also involved in an accident.

"I saw a truck hit our car. I was on the side of the road keeping (my wife) warm because there was nobody there at the time," Stockley said.

He and his wife were fighting for their lives.

"You can hear cars screeching, it's like a war zone, and debris was flying everywhere. We were hoping nothing hits us," Stockley said.

Colorado law enforcement encourages drivers, if the road conditions are icy, to give yourself enough time to get to your destination.

Colorado Springs police and Fountain police are on accident alert. If you are in an accident, but there are no serious injuries, property damage or drugs or alcohol involved, you have 72 hours to file a police report.

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