Officers deal with blizzard of accidents


— The storm that dumped more than half a foot of snow across Routt County was a contributing factor in dozens of car accidents Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

"It was pretty insane there for a while," Routt County Sheriff John Warner said.

Many local law enforcement officers spent most of their morning shifts dealing with accidents. The list of reported accidents was almost too much to handle at times, officers said.

"We probably at one point had three accidents at one time that we couldn't even get to," Warner said. "Literally, we were going from accident to accident to accident."

Most of the calls involved vehicles that had slid off roads, Warner said. There were several rollover accidents, and officers also dealt with stranded motorists. Most of the accidents did not involve injuries.

A red Chevrolet pickup rolled on Routt County Road 33, and the driver was OK, Warner said.

An elderly woman was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries after a two-vehicle crash near C.R. 14 and C.R. 14E. The driver of the other car was cited for being at fault, Warner said.

Warner said he often jokes that people in Routt County must really love their jobs because of how fast they drive in inclement weather.

"My advice is always for people to slow down, especially when the weather is bad and the roads are slick," he said.


Tigger 10 years, 5 months ago

It is amazing how well one can stay on the road in blizzard conditions if they simply SLOW DOWN!!!!


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