Crash seriously injures two


A Hayden couple involved in an accident on Rabbit Ears Pass on Friday was listed in critical condition in a Denver hospital.

The couple was traveling east on U.S Highway 40 in a 2002 Ford Ranger when the driver lost control of the truck on a patch of ice and spun into the westbound lane, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brett Hilling said.

The Ranger was struck by a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Gregory Hess, 42, of Well--ington. The Suburban was rounding a curve and hit the Ranger on its passenger side, Hilling said. Hess' wife, Jana, was a passenger in the Suburban.

Steamboat Springs Fire-Res--cue crews extracted the Hayden couple from the wreckage, Hilling said. He said the husband was unconscious at the scene.

Authorities were withholding the couple's names until they could notify family members about their conditions.

All four people involved in the accident were transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center. The Hayden couple was then flown to Denver.

Hilling said Gregory Hess sustained minor injuries, and his wife may have sustained more serious injuries.

All four victims were wearing seat belts, Hilling said, and the Suburban's airbags deployed.

Police do not think drugs, alcohol or excessive speed were contributing factors in the accident, Hilling said. Because the accident is under investigation, neither driver has been cited.

Hilling said he did not know where the Hayden couple was traveling, but Christmas packages were scattered across the road and behind the Suburban.


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