Local residents hurt in accident

Man, woman recovering after crash

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— Two Steamboat Springs residents and a Hot Sulphur Springs woman were injured in a two-car collision west of Kremmling on Tuesday.

Audrey Kaatz and Brady Christiensen, both of Steamboat, were transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center shortly after the crash on U.S. Highway 40. According to the Colorado State Patrol, Kaatz suffered moderate contusions and abrasions in the accident. Christiensen has two broken legs and head injuries, Trooper Don Miller wrote in a news release.

Kaatz was treated and released from the hospital Tuesday, said Yampa Valley Medical Center spokeswoman Christine McKelvie. Christiensen was listed in fair condition late Wednesday afternoon.

Lori Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs was transported to the hospital with possible neck injuries. She also was treated and released Tuesday, McKelvie said.

The accident occurred at about 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, about 13 miles west of Kremmling. According to Miller, Kaatz, who was heading east, lost control of her Ford Explorer and slid into the westbound lane, where it collided with Baumgardner's blue Ford F-250. After the crash, both vehicles came to a rest off the westbound side of the highway, Miller said. All three victims were wearing seatbelts.

The State Patrol is investigating the accident. It's unknown whether any tickets will be issued. The roads were icy and snowpacked at the time of the accident, according to the State Patrol.

The State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation, Grand County EMS and Kremmling Fire Department responded to the scene.

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