Nov 15, 2010 4:33 PM by Bea Karnes, Greg Boyce, News First 5 crews
The State Patrol says all lanes of I-25 are now open, about 4 hours after a huge pileup stalled traffic.
One southbound lane was blocked, but it has also now reopened.
Thirty-four vehicles were involved, including four semis. Twelve people were rushed to the hospital by ambulance. Most of the injuries are serious, but not life-threatening. Three people had to be extricated from vehicles.
Alternate routes of Highway 83 and Highway 105 helped motorists get to Denver.
Motorists who managed to avoid the crash consider themselves lucky. "It's a miracle nobody hit me from behind or somebody else didn't get hurt," said Jeff Brown.
"We actually heard the two transport trucks crash and it was a loud boom and we were almost about to get out of our vehicle but we decided to stay in just because we didn't want to get pretty much run over by the cars that were crashing behind us," added Carl Howell.
Other drivers did what they could to help those involved. "There's an elderly gentleman up there who was in a Cadillac and he's got a little dog with him that I'm taking home. Hopefully we can get back in touch with him and everything's okay, but it looks like there's some people hurt pretty bad," said Jim Butler.
At the time of the pileup, I-25 was "a sheet of ice." "It just was really bad snow, it was something where a lot of people were driving way too fast for the conditions and they just weren't paying attention," Brad Simpson.