Man nearly puts car in Elk River

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— A 21-year-old Michigan man hopes his stay in Steamboat Springs will be a lot better than his first day here.

Eric Lund, 21, lost control of his 1996 Dodge Avenger as he traveled northbound on Elk River Road Monday afternoon.

Lund, who was just hired as a rover for Vista Verde Ranch, was traveling on the snow-packed highway when the car skidded off the road at about 3:30 p.m. at milepost 4, Cullen's Corner.

The green metallic car skidded off the side of the road down a steep embankment and came to a stop just yards away from the Elk River.

"I was going 25 mph," Lund said. "I saw the sign and slowed down. I hit some ice and it caught me. I went over the side."

Lund arrived in Steamboat Sunday evening and was on his way back to the ranch from the grocery store when the accident occurred.

Lund was not injured and felt that he was fortunate he wasn't.

"It could have been more grim," he said looking down at his car in the embankment. "When I went over the edge I thought the car was going to roll. But the car stopped and I was able to get out."

Lund believes that bushes and snow slowed the car down from going into Elk River.

"If there is any damage to the car it is superficial," he said.

Lund called a tow truck to remove the vehicle, as State Trooper Dave Siefken investigated the accident.

Although Lund was not injured and believes his car was not badly damaged, he was cited by Siefken for driving too fast for conditions.

"I hope this is not a bad omen," Lund said.

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