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Dec 15, 2011 3:46 PM by Andy Koen

Milk truck wreck happened in dangerous stretch

The driver of a milk truck that crashed and shut down I-25 in Colorado Springs for more than seven hours is still reported to be in critical condition. The accident happened around 4:20 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the interstate just north of the Motor City curve.

Police investigators say the driver lost control and the truck jack-knifed. It tipped over and slid for about 100 yards before coming to a rest on the overpass just above Colorado Avenue. The driver trapped in the cab of the truck and had to be freed by firefighters.

Sgt. Rob Kelley of the CSPD Major Accident Unit says it doesn't look like the driver fell asleep but he says accidents are common in that stretch of highway.

"When they did the remodel of the interstate supposedly they were going to take some of those curves out," Kelley said. "They're still pretty sharp and when I first arrived this morning before the sun came up all of these street lights are still out."

He says copper thieves removed the wiring from the street lights and the city has not yet repaired them.

The highway reopened just before noon after more than 7 hours of clean up. Kelley says the size of the accident stretched the resources of the cash-strapped police force.

"It tied up three of our four patrol divisions, most of their manpower closing down the interstate and diverting traffic," Kelley said. "It's pretty labor intensive."

The truck is registered to a dairy company out of Missouri. It's still unclear what caused the driver to lose control.

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