Man critically injured in rollover accident

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A Gypsum man was in fair condition in a Denver hospital Monday after rolling his pickup near Yampa on Saturday night.

Jon A. Yaroscak, 35, was driving north on Colorado Highway 131 at about 7 p.m., when his 2003 Toyota Tacoma veered off the right side of the road, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

The truck traveled along the edge of the road for about 200 feet before crossing the highway, going off an embankment and rolling twice, according to reports.

Yaroscak, who apparently was not wearing a seatbelt, likely was ejected through the driver's side window, trooper Brett Hilling said.

He was found near the truck in a ditch. No passengers were in the truck.

South Routt ambulance crews treated Yaroscak at the scene and transported him to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

He was listed in critical condition before being airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center, where his condition had improved by Monday afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Estella Juarez said.

The rollover occurred on a soft curve about a mile south of Yampa.

Troopers reported finding less than an ounce of marijuana and paraphernalia in the truck Hilling said troopers thought drugs and alcohol were factors in the accident, which was under investigation.

-- To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

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