Slick roads send cars sliding


— The storm that broke the spring-like calm of the last few weeks also broke a few fenders and narrowly missed breaking the bones of a man who was in a rental car that was driven into a ditch.

Clark Bridgman, a 47-year-old man from Boca Raton, Fla., drove his rented Nissan Pathfinder with four passengers into a ditch on County Road 129 and the car was subsequently hit by another driver who slid off the road into it.

The man who was hit was transported to the hospital by a passing car. The injury turned out to be a bruised leg, said Steamboat Springs police officer Guy Lumsden.

The 24-year-old woman who hit him was cited for driving too fast for conditions, though the other driver was not cited, Lumsden said.

It was just one of nine accidents recorded in the city Wednesday as a snowstorm brought back the dangers of winter driving.

"People got used to a couple of weeks of bare pavement," said Lumsden, who responded to five accidents on Wednesday.

A Federal Express truck driven by Joey Johnson rolled over on U.S. 40 near County Road 44, ending up on its side. There was no cargo in the truck when it went over.

State patrol responded to a number of accidents Wednesday in addition to the Federal Express rollover.

"At times, visibility was down to just a few feet," said state patrol dispatcher Gina Weber.


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