Woman hurt in head-on collision


— A 24-year-old Craig woman was seriously injured Saturday morning when her car collided head-on with a semitrailer on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Tonya Cowan said Nubia Martinez-Carl was driving a Ford Focus west on U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 150 when she lost control of the car coming around a curve. The vehicle slid into the eastbound lane of traffic and struck an empty fuel tanker.

The semitrailer driver, Ry Holstein, 35, of Thornton, was not injured in the accident.

Holstein apparently saw Martinez-Carl lose control of her vehicle and began to move his rig into the shoulder lane before the collision occurred, Cowan said.

After striking the semitrailer, Martinez-Carl's car ricocheted across the highway and came to rest in a snowbank. No other vehicles or injuries were reported, Cowan said.

Martinez-Carl was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center to be treated for possible internal injuries and broken bones, Cowan said. She was listed in stable condition Saturday afternoon.

"Road conditions at the time of the accident were pretty bad," Cowan said. "The roads were snow packed and icy, and the sun was making things slick."

Cowan thought both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be contributing factors to the crash.

No one has been cited in the accident, she said.

Cowan said she could not determine whether Martinez-Carl was speeding at the time of the accident because there were not any skid marks that could have been used to gauge how fast she was traveling.


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