Slick streets send autos skidding |

Slick streets send autos skidding

Aspen police officers responded to more than a dozen minor traffic wrecks Tuesday after precipitation glazed local roads.Police described the incidents as “nothing but minor fender benders.”The havoc was caused mostly by precipitation that froze “as soon as it hit the streets,” said Aspen Police Department Sgt. Bill Linn.The slippery roads caused no significant problems around Pitkin County in the morning, Patrol Supervisor Joe Bauer said, but he described an odd multiple pileup at the east end of town.Bauer said a pickup truck belonging to a local construction worker slid down Roaring Fork Avenue, which climbs a hill above Highway 82 just east of town, and slammed into another pickup truck parked at the bottom of the hill.The two pickups spun and blocked the road just as a third truck slid down the hill and plowed into the other two, followed by a Subaru Outback that managed to slow to a crawl before it “just barely nudged” one of the trucks and came to a stop at the bottom of the hill, Bauer said.Throughout the half-hour series of collisions, Bauer said, “We were screaming for city sand” to send a truck out to put some grit on the street.Bauer said one driver was cited for having an out-of-date driver’s license.

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