FOUNTAIN, Colo. - You may not expect a city to declare an accident alert with just an inch or so on the ground, but the effect of Tuesday's storm gave authorities little choice.
The alert is often declared during bad weather when officers are too busy to respond to crashes promptly; drivers are allowed to exchange insurance information and file an accident report within 72 hours if there are no injuries, drugs or alcohol involved.
Fountain police issued the alert after having five crashes within the first hour of the storm.
"Three of them were on the Interstate," said Sgt. Scott Gilbertsen. "And two of those were rollovers. The other two were minor crashes in the city."
Gilbertsen said the worst crash occurred on the highway, just north of the Mesa Ridge Parkway Exit.
"A woman's car overturned," he said. "She was trapped. But a police sergeant on his way to work, a nurse and several Fort Carson soldiers stopped to help until fire rescue arrived."
Lt. Ryan Torres, a Fountain firefighter, said the victim was partially ejected from her vehicle and the roof was against her chest.
"We had to use some supports for the vehicle, for stabilization, as well as some airbags to help gain separation from her chest," he said.
Gilbertsen said although only an inch of snow fell, most of it came early in the storm.
Fountain declared the alert at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday and canceled it at 12:15 p.m.