A rollover accident near Slate Creek Ranch, two miles north of U.S. Highway 40 on Elk River Road, killed one man, critically injured one, seriously injured three, and left three with minor injuries, said Steamboat Springs Fire Chief Bob Struble.
Police would not release the name of the deceased man because his family had not yet been notified. Passenger names were not released because they were immediately transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center, and one was flown to a hospital in Denver.
A southbound Ford Expedition, driven by Stanley Rosewater, 63, a Steamboat Springs homeowner from Belleair, Fla., rolled 1 1/2 times, landing on its roof in a gully on the east side of the road, said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Rick Kaspar.
Rosewater was the least injured of the group, with a few abrasions, Kaspar said.
Rosewater told police he was driving around a bend in the road, when another driver crossed the centerline into his lane. Rosewater swerved right into the shoulder to avoid colliding with the other vehicle. He overcorrected too sharply, sending his vehicle off the left side of the road, Kaspar said.
Dave Ellerbroek of Steamboat Springs was driving northbound on Elk River Road and saw the southbound Expedition in front of him swerve, get almost on two wheels and "summersault" through the air into the gully on the east side of the road.
Ellerbroek gave his cell phone to the next driver that came by and told them to dial 911.
Ellerbroek said that when he ran down to the accident, he saw five people had been ejected from the SUV.
All five people could talk, Ellerbroek said, but one man stopped breathing when the first emergency medical technicians arrived. The man could not be resuscitated.
"People on this road need to slow down," an emotional Ellerbroek said. "They drive too damn fast."
Police are investigating the status of the other vehicle that is alleged to have caused Rosewater to swerve.
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