Friday morning saw a serious crash shut down part of South Powers Boulevard. The crash occurred around 8 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Powers Boulevard and Aeroplaza Drive. Over three hours later, the road was still closed, affecting traffic from the Colorado Springs Airport.
The crash was a head-on collision between two vehicles, a Ford F-250 and a red Mazda. The F-250 was attempting to turn left off of Powers onto Aeroplaza. Coming the other direction on Powers, the Mazda ran a red light and collided with the F-250.
The driver of the Mazda died at the scene, while the driver of the F-250 was taken to a nearby hospital. Authorities expect the truck driver to make a full recovery in time.
The crash closed the two right lanes on the northbound side. Officials warned locals to find alternate routes to the airport and avoid the area entirely if possible. For updates on traffic in the area, visit the CDOT website.
Powers Boulevard continues to see traffic troubles
This particular road has been a thorn in the side of the Colorado DOT for the last month. Powers Boulevard has been closed for multiple hours at a time three times in the last 30 days, with the last major incident occurring just last week. That incident left the road partially closed for just over two hours. This incident, therefore, is a bit more serious than its predecessor.
Powers runs concurrently with US-24 for this particular stretch of road. US-24 connects Colorado Springs with both western and eastern Colorado via its connections with I-70. This makes it a convenient highway for many larger vehicles, including our own car carriers. So we hope that first responders can clear up the crash as soon as possible so that this vital highway can resume normal operations.