Rollover wreck leaves driver critically injured


— A Front Range resident was flown to a Denver hospital after being ejected in a rollover accident on Routt County Road 129 Monday afternoon.

Forty-year-old James Goettsch, of Windsor, was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer when he lost control heading south, or downhill, on Willow Creek Pass at approximately 12:30 p.m., according to Colorado State Patrol trooper Chris Tafoya.

Tafoya said the vehicle traveled approximately 200 feet on a dry road and rolled two times before landing on the passenger's side. How Goettsch lost control is undetermined, but Tafoya said the vehicle swerved into the northbound lane.

Tafoya said Goettsch was not wearing his seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. Tafoya said airbags in the vehicle did not deploy. The man's wife and two children were belted and were not treated for injuries.

Goettsch was in critical condition Monday evening with multi-system trauma, according to a spokeswoman at Denver Health Medical Center.

Tafoya did not issue any citations in the one-vehicle wreck.

The Explorer sustained moderate to extreme damage to its roof, hood and sides.

With camping gear in the Explorer and scattered on the road, the family appeared to be coming back from camping in north Routt County.

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