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Multiple cities on accident alert, road conditions worsening due to ice and snow in metro Denver – The Denver Post

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A Colorado Department of Transportation camera view of northbound Interstate 25 in Denver metro on Oct. 10, 2019.

Road conditions are deteriorating in metro Denver and cities are going accident alert, as icy and snow conditions worsen Thursday morning and afternoon.

Police remind residents to use caution when driving on slick roads.

As crews work to clear multiple crashes on northbound Interstate 25 near County Line Road, north of Monument, traffic is being allowed through only the left lane, until the road is fully reopened, according to Colorado State Patrol in a tweet.

Southbound I-25 is closed at Plum Creek Parkway, CSP said. Speeds along southbound I-25 remain at a maximum of 45 mph, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation in a news release.

Between 6 and 9 a.m., 96 crashes were reported in the city, according to Denver police. The Colorado Department of Transportation is reporting multiple crashes along highways, including a crash on Highway 93 in Jefferson County where the road is being closed from 64th to Highway 72 because a tow truck, Colorado State Patrol vehicle and fire truck that were responding to a crash are now stranded in the area, said CSP Sgt. Blake White.

CSP has also responded to multiple jackknifed semi-trucks along I-70, most of which have been cleared and traffic diverted.

The conditions made some areas in the Denver-metro area undrivable, including in Wheat Ridge where police said cars have not been able to make it up the hill at 38th Avenue and Wright Street, so drivers should take alternate routes.

Thornton police, Broomfield police, Aurora police and Wheat Ridge police are all on accident alert — people who get in crashes that do not involve injuries, drugs or alcohol, and are not blocking streets, are asked not to call for assistance and instead exchange information and file reports later. If someone involved doesn’t have insurance, then police can be called for assistance.

Southeast Denver and far northeast Denver were also placed on accident alert.

RTD has reported bus and light rail train route delays, the W line, which had some eastbound and westbound trips canceled due to weather conditions and a train that was stuck around 7 a.m. near Jeffco/Red Rocks Station, officials said on Twitter. The train has been since cleared, but delays continue with slick conditions.

Several buses have also gotten stuck, further delaying routes, and help is being sent, RTD said on Twitter. One driver caught on video a Denver bus appearing to slide off the shoulder into the grass off I-25.

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Denver International Airport expects approximately 30-minute delays with departures and arrivals are crews work on de-icing, said spokeswoman Alex Renteria. Some runways will be frozen over because DIA is using only a few of its six available so crews can focus on cleaning those up for plane departures and arrivals.

In addition to allowing for more travel time and more distance between vehicles, Denver Public Health and Environment in a news release reminds residents to make sure their pets are protected from the freezing temperatures, adding that a failure to keep them warm could lead to cruelty to animal or animal neglect charges, which carry up to a $999 fine and year in jail. For a list of tips and to see Denver’s ordinances, go to denveranimalshelter.org.

The snow is expected to taper over in metro Denver in the late afternoon, with skies becoming partly sunny, according to the National Weather Service.

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