COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Department of Corrections bus was involved in an accident on northbound I-25 at the Cimarron Street exit on Monday morning.
Police told KRDO NewsChannel 13's crew at the scene that there was a dog in the road, causing two separate crashes. In the first crash a silver truck was rear-ended by a white car when the truck swerved to avoid the dog. The dog continued running around on the interstate. Next, a blue truck swerved to avoid it. A semi-truck hit the pick-up truck. The DOC bus rear-ended the semi-truck and the collision forced the DOC bus over the median of the Cimarron entrance ramp.
Colorado Department of Transportation didn't find the dog's body in the road. It looked in the surrounding area and never found the dog.
There were 13 prisoners on the bus and it was guarded by an armed DOC officer. The inmates were all transferred to another bus. Officials said that the bus was heading to Denver from Canon City. Some of the inmates were being released, some had medical appointments and some were being transferred to new facilities, authorities said. None of the inmates were coming from a maximum security prison.
Sgt. Chacon with the Colorado Springs police said inmates at the crash site made the situation trickier.
"We can't just leave the inmates on the side of the road," said Chacon.
The crashes closed two lanes of I-25 North and the Cimarron entrance ramp. Both lanes are now open. The northbound Cimarron entrance ramp is closed because of the crash.