Crash snarls traffic
A crash involving a tractor-trailer and about a dozen vehicles created a massive traffic jam on U.S. Highway 285 near the intersection with South Clarkson Street.
Andy Marsh, Englewood fire chief, said the accident happened about 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21 when the westbound semi crashed into vehicles, crossed into the eastbound lane and stopped just feet short of an apartment complex.
“All our available personnel and equipment were on scene. The good news is no one was seriously injured, but I believe four people were taken to the hospital to be checked out,” Marsh said. “However, there are power lines down and it will take time to clean up the accident scene.”
The crash was in Cherry Hills’ jurisdiction, but firefighters from Englewood, Littleton and South Metro responded to the scene.
Police closed the eastbound lanes of 285 at Logan Street and the westbound lanes at Downing Street. They also temporarily evacuated residents from apartment buildings at 680 and 710 E. Jefferson Ave. The evacuation was eventually lifted.
A crane had to be brought in to remove the semi and, when that was completed, the lanes of 285 in both directions were reopened about 9:30 p.m.
Cherry Hills continues the investigation, and there have been indications the semi driver possibly suffered a seizure.
Warrant arrest made
An Englewood police investigation of a report of a suspicious vehicle resulted in the arrest of a 25-year-old woman on five active warrants.
The report of a suspicious vehicle at West Bates Avenue and South Elati Street was received about 3 a.m. Oct. 21.
Police found two women in the vehicle. Officers checked on the driver and received the report that she had five active warrants issued for her arrest. She was taken into custody and, when she was searched, officers found she also had heroin in her possession.
The driver was arrested and taken to the Arapahoe County jail on the active warrants.
Officers also checked the passenger, a 26-year-old woman, and found she had drug paraphernalia in her possession. She was issued a municipal summons and released.