Two residents injured in auto collision


Two people were injured in a collision Monday afternoon between a Subaru station wagon and a Ford truck at U.S Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road.

A passenger in the Subaru, Mark Emery, 52, of Steamboat Springs, was ejected from the car. He was found breathing and conscious and was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center with serious injuries, said Steamboat Springs Police Officer Josh Carrell.

The Subaru was traveling east on U.S. 40 and turned left on Walton Creek Road in front of the Ford truck, which was traveling west on U.S. 40, Carrell said. A broadside collision followed, causing the Subaru to rotate.

That centrifugal force ejected Emery from the vehicle out the passenger-side door. The door's locking mechanism was disengaged in the crash, so the door could be flung open, Carrell said. Emery was not wearing a seatbelt.

Carrell said that both parties said they had a green light. The Subaru was turning left on a green light and not a left-turn signal, he said.

Emery later was transferred from Yampa Valley Medical Center in fair condition, said Mindy Fontaine, assistant in public relations for the hospital. Fontaine could not release the hospital to which he was transferred.

The driver of the Subaru, Kimberly Emery, 42, of Steamboat Springs, was transported to the hospital, where she was reported in fair condition Monday afternoon, Fontaine said.

The driver of the white Ford F-150, Gary Barsness, 51, of North Dakota, did not report injuries and was not transported to the hospital, Carrell said.

Barsness was wearing a seatbelt, Carrell said. Whether Kimberly Emery was wearing a seatbelt is unknown.

A citation will be issued to Kimberly Emery for failing to yield the right of way, Carrell said. The accident is under investigation, he said, and further charges could follow.

Any intersection can be dangerous he said, but vehicles are traveling at higher speeds at Walton Creek Road and U.S. 40, so there is a greater risk of injuries in an automobile accident.

Two ambulances, one fire truck and two law enforcement officers responded to the scene.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail


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