Accident sends 5 to hospital

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One woman remains in the hospital and is in fair condition after a one-vehicle, rollover accident Saturday afternoon sent five people to the hospital.

Stephen Downes, 63, was driving a 1995 Jeep Cherokee, heading north on Routt County Road 129, about eight miles north of Steamboat Springs, according to a report from the Colorado State Patrol. The accident occurred at about 4 p.m.

The car slid on the road, rotated clockwise, skidded off the left side and rolled over. The car landed on its roof and on top of a fence. All the passengers were out of the vehicle by the time the ambulance arrived. The accident caused County Road 129 to close briefly at about 4:30 p.m.

All occupants were transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center, the State Patrol report stated. Four of the people were treated at the hospital.

Jinia Tracey, 58, suffered from facial cuts and bruises and neck pains and remains in Yampa Valley Medical Center in fair condition, hospital spokeswoman Christine McKelvie said. The three other people who were treated at the hospital were released Saturday.

Stephen Downes had a cut finger; Arthur Downes, 93, suffered from cuts and bruises; and Stephanie Downes, 34, suffered from lower back pain. One other passenger in the vehicle, Joanne Downes, 64, did not suffer from any injuries.

The group is from New York and has property in Steamboat Springs, State Patrol Sgt. Duane Bradley said.

All of the passengers were wearing seatbelts, and an airbag was not deployed, the State Patrol report indicates.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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