I-25 accident snarls early holiday traffic
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Traffic moves along on Interstate 25. (RJ Sangosti, Denver Post file photo)
Holiday commuting hit an early snag Saturday morning after a multivehicle accident sent four people to hospitals and shut down northbound Interstate 25 for more than two hours.
Denver police closed the northbound lanes of I-25 at West 23rd Avenue to allow emergency crews to help the victims and investigate the accident.
The conditions of the victims were not available.
The accident, which happened about 11:15 a.m. involved two vehicles and a motorcycle. No details were available Saturday on the cause of the wreck.
At one point, backups on northbound I-25 extended toward South University Boulevard, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
I-25 opened shortly before 2 p.m.
Heavy traffic also dogged motorists along the Interstate 70 mountain corridor west of Denver, but there were no reports of huge
problems. Delays of 30-45 minutes were reported Saturday afternoon.
"We were expecting heavy traffic (on I-70), so this was not a surprise," said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford.
Volume was primarily the culprit since there were no accidents reported on the corridor. "Traffic is moving, but it is heavy," Ford said.
Weather also didn't seem to be much of a factor in any delays. Scattered showers were reported in the mountain corridor, but wet roads didn't cause any large mishaps, according to CDOT.
CDOT suspended all construction projects on state roadways Friday to reduce potential delays over the Labor Day weekend.
Last Labor Day weekend saw the two heaviest traffic days of 2013 at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnel on Friday (45,139 vehicles) and Monday (40,938). The total number of vehicles at the tunnels over that weekend was 163,943. CDOT expects this year's total traffic count at the tunnels will be similar.