3 cars roll Monday morning


Four accidents occurred Monday morning on an icy patch of U.S. Highway 40 between Milner and Steamboat Springs.

Three cars rolled off U.S. 40, and one hit a delineation post. Two people were sent to the hospital with moderate injuries, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jeff Vrbas said.

The worst accident occurred at about 9:30 a.m. Patrick Spahr, 53, of Hayden, was driving between mile markers 123 and 124 when he reportedly tried to pass a truck and lost control of his 1971 Toyota 4Runner, Vrbas said. Spahr's speed was estimated at 60 mph.

The truck left the side of the road, hit a snow embankment, flew in the air and rolled about one and a quarter times, Vrbas said. The truck came to rest on its driver side door about 64 feet from the road, Vrbas said.

Spahr was able to climb out of the vehicle, and a witness called 911. Spahr was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with a cut to his head, Vrbas said. Hospital spokeswoman Heather Rose said Spahr was treated and released.

The first rollover on that stretch of road occurred at about 7 a.m., Vrbas said. The driver was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.

Another rollover occurred at about 7:30 a.m. about a half mile west of the first, according to the State Patrol. The vehicle went off the right side of the road and rolled three quarters of a turn. Another driver lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and hit a delineation post.

Vrbas said the spot of highway was very slick Monday morning and is frequently an icy patch.

"It was a sheet of ice on there," Vrbas said.

The Craig Fire Department and the Hayden Ambulance responded to calls this morning from the Steamboat Fire Station. The extra help allowed Steamboat firefighters to attend the funeral of Dave Linner, a firefighter and flight nurse who died in the Yampa Air Ambulance plane crash last Tuesday.


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