The crash took place around 2 p.m. Sunday, February 2. According to the CSP, a semi-tractor towing a fully loaded semi-trailer was heading southbound on Interstate 25 when it failed to stop at the end of an off-ramp and collided with four vehicles stopped at a red light.
The 18-wheeler continued to plow down the intersection, pushing two other vehicles—an Infinity and Jaguar—off the road and down an embankment. The tractor-trailer, Infiniti, and Jaguar each fell off a 25-foot retaining wall at the bottom of the embarkment, landing in a commercial parking lot.
Eight occupants among the seven vehicles were transported to area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening, according to Colorado State Patrol.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash. The intersection was closed for about five hours following the crash for occupant extrication, crash investigation, and towing operations.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 5,000 people died in truck accidents in 2017. About 23 percent of those accidents involved speeding. When you are driving near a tractor-trailer, be cautious, especially if you notice the truck behaving oddly, such as coasting outside of its lane or speeding. Many times, you can save yourself from a dangerous crash by following the tips below when driving near a tractor-trailer.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017:
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