A Longmont woman was among three people killed in unrelated accidents on suburban Denver roads Monday after a spring snowstorm swept into the state overnight, snarling the morning commute.

Mary Suiter was killed when she lost control of her 2002 Chrysler Sebring on snow-packed Colorado Boulevard near 150th Avenue in Adams County, slid sideways across the centerline and hit an oncoming pickup truck, state troopers reported. The accident happened at 6:32 a.m.

Suiter was wearing a seat belt, troopers said. The truck driver was uninjured.

The morning storm — Colorado’s second spring snowstorm in less than a week — was expected to bring less than an inch of snow to Denver but had dumped 6 inches by mid-morning in some areas and caused a traffic mess, including an 18-car pileup, a school bus crash and at least three fatalities.

The wet, soggy snow was also blamed for an 18-vehicle pileup on eastbound Interstate 76 near Hudson, about 30 miles northeast of Denver. Hall said one person suffered serious injuries when four tractor-trailers and several passenger vehicles collided. Several more people suffered minor injuries.

Snow-slick roads were also blamed for a pileup on Interstate 70 near Strasburg, about 40 miles east of Denver. Rod Mead, operations manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation, said that pileup happened early Monday when at least one car stopped to help a stranded driver and was hit from behind by a truck. Mead had no immediate word on injuries from that pileup, though four miles of the interstate were closed after the wreck.

A school bus accident on a snowy rural road east of Colorado Springs Monday morning left the driver injured. Lt. Lari Sevene of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department says a passenger truck T-boned a school bus, tipping the bus on its side. The crash happened just after 9:30 a.m. in the small town of Ellicott, about 25 miles east of Colorado Springs.

Sevene said a 5-year-old boy was the only pupil aboard and that there was no immediate report he was hurt. The bus driver and the truck driver received minor injuries. It took rescuers almost an hour to get to the scene because of icy roads, she said.

A total of 6.2 inches of snow was recorded in the west Denver suburb of Jefferson County, and 5 inches were reported in the east Denver suburb of Aurora.

Heavier snow was reported in the mountains, with 5 inches to 10 inches expected by the end of the day Monday in the mountain resort town of Breckenridge. The National Weather Service reported snow with thunder overnight at Monarch Pass, near Salida. Trace amounts of snow were recorded in far western Colorado.

Last week, a storm dropped up to a foot of snow on the eastern Colorado plains and up to a foot and a half in the mountains.

Archived comments

I don’t know what style guide Camera writers use, but “T-boned” is not a verb you can find in an English dictionary.See how I put it in quotes to highlight it as informal or jargon?That’s what you should do, too.

ogghead@yahoo.com

3/30/2009 3:02:51 PM

Sounds like you got “t-boned” in your own special way and are still upset about it.

Romulus

3/30/2009 3:25:40 PM

more mindless chatter !

Gardenburgers4prariedogs

3/30/2009 4:58:48 PM

People who do nothing but criticize the grammar of the online edition of the Camera appear as though they really don’t have anything else going on in life.

It’s a stupid and pointless waste of effort. Go do something with yourself for Christ’s sake. If you’re mad that you didn’t get your big editing job with the Camera, let it go. The writing style of this newspaper’s website should have ZERO impact on how anyone lives their life.

I say SHOULD have. Evidently many folks are not at that point yet.

GradyWilson

3/30/2009 6:30:20 PM

Incidentally, it’s sad that 3 people were killed this morning and we’re talking about stupid grammatical issues.

Condolences to the families.

GradyWilson

3/30/2009 6:55:48 PM

People who do nothing but criticize the people who criticize the grammar of the online edition of the Camera appear as though they really don’t have anything else going on in life.

Jesus_was_a_socialist

3/30/2009 7:13:20 PM

People who comment on the people who criticize the people who criticize the grammar of the online edition of the Camera appear as though they really don’t have anything else going on in life.

GradyWilson

3/30/2009 7:28:06 PM

I pitty the fool

vYRaL303

3/30/2009 8:10:40 PM

Posted by GradyWilson on March 30, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

People who do nothing but criticize the grammar of the online edition of the Camera appear as though they really don’t have anything else going on in life.

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I disagree. The grammar and fact checking in the Camera have become so bad that it’s noteworthy. And the online edition isn’t any different than the print. I see the same mistakes in the hard copy. All newspapers set an example for grammar and spelling and there is the chance that we will assimilate the poor example. Most people incorrectly spell “cheque” “check” now or feel free to use x-mas after seeing it in so many store windows and advertisements. But you’re right, maybe we should just give up and let spelling and grammar go the way of morals and law and art and all else that’s going down the toilet lately. Why spend our time commenting on such minor matters? Publishing is in peril and 80% of US households don’t buy or read a book in a year. In the 1970’s adults read at least one paper a day, now most people find the language in a newspaper too complex to understand if you believe the national center for the arts. Students are submitting exams in text language because it’s just too hard to write much less figure out something like an essay thesis . I guess it doesn’t really matter if we live in an illiterate society. Just plug everyone into the soda machine and stick them in front of Jerry Springer, naked with a pile of pills or pot. Who cares? Wow Grady. Thanks. You’re right. None of us have a right to comment or care.

Flyonthewall

3/30/2009 8:43:45 PM