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Fort Collins police responded to almost 30 crashes during Northern Colorado’s snow storm Monday and Tuesday — and that was while the city was on accident alert.
From 4:30 p.m. Monday to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to 27 crashes in Fort Collins, according to police spokesperson Kate Kimble.
These are just some of the crashes that actually occurred, Kimble said, because Fort Collins was on accident alert during that time frame.
“Dispatch received a lot more calls than that,” Kimble said.
When the city is under accident alert, drivers are asked to not immediately report crashes to police if there are no injuries and no drugs or alcohol involved. Instead, the parties involved are asked to exchange their information and report the crash online: www.fcgov.com/police/accidents.
Poudre Fire Authority and UCHealth emergency medical professionals responded to 14 crashes Monday between about 1 p.m. — when the snow started — and 7:30 p.m, according to the Pulse Point app.
According to the Fort Collins incident log, there were 39 crashes Monday, and 31 occurred after 4 p.m.
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The city of Fort Collins stopped being under accident alert at 9 a.m. Tuesday, but snow is expected to continue into the afternoon.
The city saw about 14 inches of snow as of Tuesday morning. Major roads like Mulberry and Shields streets were slick, but driveable as of mid-morning Tuesday. Fort Collins police urged people to not drive Tuesday morning, if possible.
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