3 car crashes close Rabbit Ears Pass for 3 hours Friday morning
April 12, 2013
Steamboat Springs — U.S. Highway 40 at Rabbit Ears Pass was closed for three hours Friday morning because of three car crashes in less than a quarter mile stemming from poor road conditions.
A total of six vehicles were involved, but no injuries were reported, according to Colorado State Patrol trooper Matthew Normandin.
The first crash occurred when a car lost control, went across the highway, hit a guardrail and swerved back across the highway before rolling over, Normandin said.
A three-car crash was caused by those who were slowing to avoid the rollover.
Normandin said a semitrailer was trying to make it up the icy pass when it came to a stop and was rear-ended by another car.
Normandin said no one was cited because the conditions were extremely slick.
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Closing the road allowed for the cars involved in the crashes to be cleared and the Colorado Department of Transportation to put sand down.
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