Multiple crashes cause hourlong traffic delays in Steamboat |

Multiple crashes cause hourlong traffic delays in Steamboat

This story was updated at 6:30 p.m.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Two motor vehicle crashes Tuesday caused extensive delays along Lincoln Avenue and U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs.

The first crash occurred at 7:42 a.m. in the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue after the driver of a sedan suffered a medical emergency, causing the eastbound car to swerve into oncoming traffic and get T-boned by an SUV traveling westbound, according to Sgt. Shane Musgrave of the Steamboat Springs Police Department. 

Two officers arrived on the scene, closing one lane of traffic to allow first responders to safely assist the three people involved in the crash and give tow trucks space to remove the vehicles. 

The SUV had extensive damage to its front end, according to Christian Keller, a firefighter and paramedic with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue. The sedan had damage to its rear quarter panel.

Ten minutes later, another crash occurred along U.S. Highway 40 near Dream Island Plaza. A vehicle rear-ended another, which did not cause any closures but slowed traffic, according to Musgrave. No injuries were reported in that incident. 

Eastbound traffic was backed up for much of the morning, with vehicles congested along U.S. Highway 40 beyond the west end of Steamboat. Some drivers tried to avoid the jam by crossing the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge and taking 13th Street to reach downtown. Vehicles eventually were backed up along that road, as well. 

Two officers at each crash worked to clear traffic while also conducting an investigation into the incidents.

“We tried to get everything cleaned up as quickly as we could,” Musgrave said. 

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