It’s not every day that you get to drive down the street in a red car.
That was the case for Matt and Jessica Ritchie on Tuesday night.
They drove through a purple traffic cone that was posted by the Colorado Department of Transportation and they drove along in a yellow car.
“We had a really bad night, we had a bad drive, we went straight from a red to a yellow,” Matt Ritchie said.
“It was just a nightmare.”
The Ritchie family had just finished a wedding party and were heading home when they got a call from a traffic officer.
“They said, ‘We’re going to be in a traffic cone and you can drive around’,” Matt Rwayne said.
The road was closed for hours.
“The cones have gone up.
They said, you can’t drive around it, you have to go through the red,” he said.
It’s a safety issue.
“I was like, ‘OK, that’s a good idea’.”
The Riches had no idea what to expect.
“If you’re going down the road, don’t go to a red or yellow lane because if you’re driving through a yellow lane, it could be a safety hazard.”
The blue traffic cone also has a purple stripe and Matt Riggins said he was surprised to see the red traffic.
“When I saw the yellow, I was like wow, I can’t believe this is in Colorado,” he laughed.
“Then I realised, we are not the first ones.
There are others that have done this before.”
Mr Riggins had to change his route several times before he found his way to a safe exit.
“At one point I had to drive a couple of hours through the blue traffic cones, it was really scary,” he explained.
“So now I’m OK.”
The road closures were the result of the state of emergency declared after the devastating wildfires that swept through the region in November.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declared a state of disaster in the area on Monday and said the state’s road safety was in danger of being undermined.
“This is going to have a huge impact on how we plan, plan and execute our response to this fire, which has devastated our state,” Mr Hickenlow said.
He said the road closures would be enforced from Monday to Thursday, beginning on Wednesday.
“These cones are going to stay up, the lanes will remain closed until we have a thorough investigation into what happened,” he added.
Topics:fire,accidents,road,community-and-society,united-statesFirst posted April 24, 2019 14:54:59Contact Paul RitchieMore stories from Northern Territory