PUEBLO, Colo. - Learning the specific reasons behind the two most recent wrong-way crashes will have to wait until both investigations are finished, according to Colorado State Patrol.
Troopers say it's too soon to draw conclusions because determining why a driver travels the wrong way, is difficult and sometimes impossible.
CDOT agrees, saying there are a variety of reasons why the drivers involved in Monday and Thursday’s crash has put others in danger by going against the flow of traffic on a busy highway.
“We never know what the causes of these accidents are. Is it alcohol-related? Is it nighttime? Is it daytime? Both of these happened to happen at night, these latest ones. But there was one in March that happened during the day. These are all factors we need to consider," said Karen Rowe, CDOT Regional Director.
The State Patrol says alcohol appears to be a factor in Monday night’s crash but didn't specify which driver may have been drinking.
CDOT says all wrong-way warning signs are fairly new and in good condition.
But the agency also admits rural ramps aren't lighted as well as they are in cities.
A witness to yesterday's crash agrees and says she can understand how a driver can get lost or confused.