AURORA, Colo. - Multiple accidents closed the ramp from westbound Interstate 70 to southbound Interstate 225 for hours Wednesday night.
Aurora police tweeted just after 7 p.m. that multiple cars were involved and that the city was on accident alert. Later, the City of Aurora posted on its Facebook page that there were at least four separate accidents with 12 to 15 vehicles involved.
CDOT sent a truck to sand the overpass and an RTD bus was sent for shelter for those affected. The flyover finally reopened just after 10:30 p.m..
A witness told Stewart that the chain-reaction crash started when a vehicle started swerving on the slick roadway.
The city said road conditions were worsening in Aurora and police tweeted at 8:15 p.m., "Please avoid 225 if you can - very slick. Working multiple accidents."
At 9 p.m., the City of Aurora posted, "Pavement temperatures have reached the freezing point causing icy spots around the city. Elevated structures iced up over the last hour causing significant issues on some of the freeway ramps. Two Aurora trucks are assisting CDOT in addressing those areas while the remainder of the trucks have started applying deicing materials to Aurora's streets. Snowfall has decreased significantly but light snow is expected to continue for a few more hours. Aurora's crews will continue working through the night to minimize icing problems on the roadways."
A jackknifed truck blocked traffic on the ramp to I-270 from I-25 at about 9:30 p.m. and the ramp was still blocked at 10 p.m.