Friday clogged with accidents

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Two car accidents caused turmoil on U.S. Highway 40 on Friday afternoon.

The first accident occurred about 12:30 p.m. by the Shop 'n' Hop convenience store and involved a pickup that several people had reported driving recklessly through town.

The driver of a 2002 Ford F-350 truck, which was towing a horse trailer, was pulling onto the shoulder of U.S. Highway 40 outside the Shop 'n' Hop when it hit a 1997 Toyota 4Runner that was stopped in the entrance to the convenience store waiting to turn out onto the road, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Kirk Gardner said.

No one was injured in the accident, but the front end of the 4Runner was pushed in.

The driver of the pickup, Brent Romick, 47, of Steamboat Springs, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving, Gardner said. Romick consented to a blood test to determine his blood-alcohol level. The results of that test will not be available for about a week.

Before the collision at the Shop 'n' Hop, several people called authorities to report the driver of the pickup driving recklessly on U.S. 40, Gardner said. Romick reportedly drove onto the concrete center median for some distance near the 1100 block of South Lincoln Avenue, Gardner said.

The second accident involved three cars and was reported about 2:45 p.m. at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Third Street. A 2002 Toyota Tundra traveling westbound on Lincoln Avenue was stopped at a red light with a 1999 Dodge 2500 pickup stopped behind it. A 2003 Dodge Caravan failed to stop at the light and crashed into the Dodge pickup. The Dodge pickup jolted forward and hit the Tundra.

No one was injured in the accident, but the driver of the Dodge Caravan, Laura DeBowes, was cited on suspicion of following too closely.

Investigators closed one lane of westbound Lincoln Avenue near the crash site for about 20 minutes, causing traffic to back up on Lincoln Avenue from Third Street to Anglers Drive.

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