BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- A fatal crash near 144th Avenue forced a nearly five-hour closure of Interstate 25 in both directions on Wednesday afternoon.
A female driver died at the scene after careening across every lane of the interstate, officials said. Despite a long trail of debris and damage to three other cars, there were no other injuries.
One of the drivers involved in the crash talked about his close call.
“I’m just fortunate to be alive,” said Todd Grose, who was driving home from work on I-25 northbound when the woman lost control in the southbound lane and crossed a barricade into his lane.
“I didn’t really have time to think. It just happened so fast. All I saw was something coming at me, and then, all of a sudden, a loud noise, and then the airbag went off. Everything was just going on and going by me.”
The woman was ejected as she hit the barricade, but her SUV continued into the northbound lanes. It flew over Grose's pickup truck before coming to rest in the far lanes. The impact with the barricade also sent chunks of concrete into the oncoming lanes.
“The car that was behind me, a piece of the concrete came apart and either went over the top of my truck or ... that’s what (investigators) are figuring,” Grose said. “It landed in his passenger seat so he got lucky.”
Grose was also lucky.
“He’s definitely lucky to walk out of there without a scratch,” said his daughter, Savanna Grose.
Savanna Grose waited for hours in traffic and near the accident in hopes of seeing her father, but she had to wait even longer after hearing he went to the hospital to get checked out.
“I started crying, of course, but he was texting me so I knew he was OK,” Savanna Grose said.
Her father said he felt some neck and shoulder pain but that he felt lucky to be doing OK.
“Thank God for the barrier and thank God I wasn’t on my motorcycle at the same time because I wouldn’t be here talking to you right now,” he said.