Two-vehicle accident sends drivers to hospital


— A two-vehicle accident west of Steamboat Springs Friday morning sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries.

Christine Hermann, 54, of Steamboat Springs collided with Kristopher Gayer, 16, of Steamboat Springs near the entrance to the Steamboat II subdivision at about 10 a.m.

Hermann was headed west on U.S. Highway 40 and pulled into the right turn lane that leads to Steamboat II to allow traffic to get around her 1993 Geo Tracker.

"She let traffic go by because she did not want to drive as fast as traffic," said Trooper Rick Kaspar of the Colorado State Patrol.

Hermann stopped briefly before she decided to get back onto U.S. 40. As she moved from the right-turn-only lane to the through lane, she collided with the driver's side door of Gayer's 1994 Subaru Legacy.

Gayer had been stopped at the stop sign at the entrance to Steamboat II and was making a left turn onto U.S. 40 when the collision occurred.

Hermann was issued a citation for changing lanes where prohibited by traffic control devices.

Both drivers were treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center and released. Gayer suffered a laceration to his right hand and minor internal injuries. Hermann had a sore shoulder and collarbone and bruises to her knees.

Neither vehicles had airbags, but both drivers were wearing seatbelts and were restrained during the accident, Kaspar said.

Slick conditions contributed to a few other accidents Friday, he said.


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