The only car collision I have been in was on I-25 Southbound near the Carr exit north of Wellington. I was in the passenger seat of my father's truck, and he was driving. We went up to get fireworks for the 4th of July (don't tell anyone
) right across the State line. On the way up we witnessed a previous incident in the southbound median. Traffic was starting to back up, because there was only one lane for everyone to funnel into.
As we were heading back to Fort Collins, we came upon the backup in the right lane. In the right lane there was a slowed truck, us, and then the semi that nearly hit us. Upon realizing that the semi wasn't stopping, we hauled ass for the center median. The truck slammed into the semi in front of us at close to 75mph while we were dodging median posts. A truck with two college age females was in the left lane next to the semi. When we took off for the median, they knew something was up and followed us.
The scene was a mess as we ran up to assist. The truck was completely totaled. The driver was alive in a small compact space. I frantically called 911, oblivious to the fact that EMS raced up the Southbound lanes from the previous incident. He was black, with only shorts and sandals on. I didn't care to look at his injuries yet he was able to barely answer basic questions by EMS.
The driver of the semi in front was fine with possibly only whiplash. The paramedic was able to hold a conversation with him and didn't require a stretcher. One frigging stuck up asshole on a motorcycle decided that he was just too damn important to wait and blew by the EMS. The police weren't there right at that moment I don't think.
Later we all gathered in a group and talked about what just happened. The police took our reports, one by one, and those in-front of the scene were permitted to leave. Those behind... they were stuck for 2 hours unless they made a u-turn and headed North. CSP had no choice but to close Southbound I-25 during the PM rush for 5 hours and block the left northbound lane.
2:35PM June 30, 2011. A moment I will NEVER forget.