Longtime Denverites know that May snowstorms happen from time to time. But at least a couple drivers appear to have been taken by surprise in ways that made Mother's Day worse for more than just them.
That's because two law-enforcement cruisers working roadside incidents were struck by out-of-control vehicles last night, with the smash-ups taking place on the same highway within 36 minutes of each other.
At 7:02 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Colorado State Patrol, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy was parked on Highway 285 at mile post 240, north of Conifer. He was trying to help motorists who'd slid off the road at the location when his cruiser was struck by a Dodge Durango.
The woman driving the Durango wasn't hurt, but the others involved weren't so lucky. Two passengers riding with her were transported to an area hospital for what are described as precautionary reasons, while the deputy was hospitalized with "unknown injuries" that presumably aren't life-threatening.
Just over half an hour later, at 7:38 p.m., a Colorado State Patrol trooper was on another part of Highway 285: mile marker 187, in the vicinity of Fairplay. He was investigating a single vehicle crash when a Kia sedan crossed the center line and collided head on with the trooper's ride.
The driver from the original crash was in the back seat of the cruiser at the time, and fortunately, he wasn't hurt -- and neither was the Kia's driver. However, the trooper suffered minor injuries that were treated at a nearby hospital. Ditto that for a passenger in the Kia.
The CSP's Facebook post on the subject notes that "driving in any season requires your full attention." That's especially true during spring snowstorms, which aren't nearly as rare as they might seem at first blush.
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More from our Lists & Weirdness archive circa April 2013: "Photos: Denver's ten biggest March-April snowstorms."Photos: Denver's ten biggest March-April snowstorms."