Troopers reporting no serious wrecks in Routt County

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— Motorists seem to be taking their time, and no serious crashes have been reported during the snowstorm that began Monday and had only begun to let up late Tuesday morning.

On U.S. Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Craig, Colorado State Patrol troopers are using a newer tactic to help prevent accidents. The troopers have been driving behind Colorado Department of Transportation snow plows with their lights on to prevent other motorists from passing the plows.

“CDOT loves it, and it works well for us,” Sgt. Scott Elliott said.

The plows kick up large clouds of snow, and visibility can be diminished. Elliott said accidents often occur while drivers attempt to pass a plow or other vehicles on snowy and icy roads.

The pacing had a noticeable impact Tuesday morning, as no cars had gone off the road, Elliott said.

At about 9:30 a.m., troopers and emergency responders were called to a crash near mile marker 65 on Colorado Highway 131. Elliott said the crash involved two cars, and it did not appear like there were any injuries.

Elliott reminded people to slow down in snow and ice and to allow plenty of distance between cars. Motorists also should make sure they have tires that perform well in snow and ice, Elliott said.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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