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Publish Date: 3/26/2005

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Adam Bradley of the Longmont Emergency Unit Traffic prepares to hook a tow line to a 1998 Toyota 4Runner on Friday following an accident at Burch Lake on Colo. Highway 66 northwest of Hygiene. According to the state patrol, Gloria Flores of Longmont lost control of the 4Runner on the icy road and crashed into the lake. She was not seriously injured.Times-Call/Richard M. Hackett

Weather turns roadways icy
Longmont resident unhurt after driving her SUV into Burch Lake


LONGMONT — A 49-year-old Longmont woman lost control of her vehicle when she hit a patch of black ice on Colo. Highway 66 early Friday and ended up axle-deep in Burch Lake.

Gloria Flores said the road looked deceptively dry at 5 a.m. as she was driving to the Lyons Post Office to open for business.

As she headed west on Colo. 66, Flores said, she lost control of her Toyota 4Runner near the intersection of the highway and 75th Street when her wheels slipped on the ice.

She drove off the left side of the road into the lake, according to Colorado State Patrol troopers.

Unhurt, Flores said she had to wade through frigid water that came up to her knees after she climbed out of her vehicle. Shortly after the accident, a towing company pulled the 4Runner from the lake.

“It was scary,” Flores said at about 11 a.m. Friday. “I’m starting to warm up now. ... The car went into the lake. It was very cold.”

Flores, one of several people who had an accident on icy roads Friday morning, was not ticketed.

From early morning through afternoon Friday, there were nine rollover accidents on Boulder County roads and five injury accidents, according to Boulder County Sheriff’s Lt. Phil West.

Colorado State Patrol put drivers on accident alert at 5:10 a.m. Friday, but said few people were injured as a result of accidents that morning.

“We had accidents in every county,” said Trooper Don Moseman. “People didn’t realize the roads were icy. They thought they were just wet. But they were icy in a lot of places.”

Moseman said black ice is common in early spring and drivers should drive carefully on cold mornings.

“A road can appear to just be wet, but it’s actually got a frozen layer right on the top and you can’t see it,” he said. “If the road is wet, just assume that it could have icy spots. If people just slow down and give themselves just a little more following distance, that will reduce our problems.”

Jenn Ooton can be reached at 303-684-5295, or by e-mail at jooton@times-call.com.

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