Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Steamboat Springs A car was destroyed in a fire that ignited after an accident early Saturday morning on Buffalo Pass.
Routt County Sheriff John Warner said on Tuesday that the car caught fire after a teenage boy lost control of the vehicle rounding a curve. The car slid down an embankment and flipped onto its passenger side.
The driver escaped the accident unharmed, as did two other teenage girls that were riding in the car, Warner said.
The accident was reported at midnight Saturday.
Warner said the teen driver told police that he was speeding as he entered a curve on Routt County Road 38, which is why he lost control of the vehicle and rolled it.
All three passengers of the car were able to exit the car through a sunroof before the car caught fire, he said.
The driver said he began to smell "burning" shortly after the accident, and that the fire began in the car's battery compartment, Warner said.
A Routt County Sheriff's deputy was the first officer to respond to the accident and said the car was completely engulfed in flames when he arrived.
Colorado State Patrol troopers arrived shortly after and handled the accident.
Troopers were not available for comment Tuesday about the accident.
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