Illegal U-turn, ‘bad driving’ leads to multiple crashes, closure of I-25 south of Castle Rock

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — An illegal U-turn and “bad driving” resulted in multiple crashes and the closure of southbound Interstate 25 south of Castle Rock on Thursday morning, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The Colorado State Patrol said at least four crashes involving multiple vehicles tied up traffic in both directions before 7 a.m.

All southbound lanes were closed at mile marker 175, near Tomah Road, but have since reopened.

The Colorado State Patrol said one of the crashes was caused by a driver making an illegal turn from northbound I-25 to southbound I-25.

Investigators believe the driver used the emergency vehicle cut-through lane in the median.

After clearing the crashes and reopening the interstate, the Colorado State Patrol said several drivers were given tickets for “bad driving.”

Another driver was found to have an arrest warrant out and another was driving without a license because of a DUI.