Steamboat residents injured in car crash


— 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. According to the Colorado State Patrol, Kaatz suffered from moderate contusions and abrasions. 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, Yampa Valley Medical Center spokeswoman Christine McKelvie said. Christiensen was listed in fair condition 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 on U.S. Highway 40, about 13 miles west of Kremmling. According to Miller, Kaatz, who was heading eastbound, 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 still 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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