Condition of woman hurt in crash serious


— As of Monday night, a 65-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was in serious condition at a Denver hospital due to injuries she sustained in a two-car accident that occurred Sunday afternoon on Rabbit Ears Pass.
Carvel Short was flown to Denver Health Medical Center after the two-car accident occurred at about 1 p.m. near milepost 150.
Short, who was a passenger, remains in the Denver hospital and is in serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday night.
Short was riding in a 1998 Subaru Outback that Paul Herrmann, 65, of Steamboat Springs was driving.
Herrmann is in fair condition at the Yampa Valley Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Herrmann was traveling westbound on the pass when the Outback was struck by an eastbound vehicle that James Harned, 43, of Woodland Park was driving.
The accident is under investigation, but Sgt. Hank Chase of the state police believes icy roads contributed to the crash.
"It was extremely icy up there," Chase said. "Harned lost control of his vehicle, but we don't know if he was driving too fast for conditions or was not paying attention."
Harned, who suffered minor injuries, was driving a 1985 Jeep Cherokee, Chase said.
Harned's vehicle "spun 180 degrees and collided with a westbound vehicle," Chase said. "The rear of Harned's vehicle spun around and struck the front right side of Herrmann's vehicle."
Both air bags in Herrmann's vehicle deployed. The Cherokee was not equipped with the safety precaution, he said.
Short suffered injuries to her head, chest and stomach. Herrmann suffered multiple trauma. The two local residents were wearing their seat belts.
Harned was treated for his injuries at the local hospital and released.

To reach Gary E. Salazar call 871-4205 or e-mail


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