Accident causes Monday morning headaches

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Steamboat Springs police officer Dan Kelliher, left, and Colorado State Patrol trooper Rick Kaspar investigate a two-vehicle accident Monday morning at the intersection of Amethyst Drive and Fish Creek Falls Road. A 10-year-old girl went to the hospital with minor injuries.

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Yampa Valley Electric Association crews work on a switch box that needed to be replaced after a truck crashed into the box Monday morning at the intersection of Fish Creek Falls Road and Amethyst Drive. Power was temporarily out for about 375 consumers.

— A two-vehicle accident on Fish Creek Falls Road this morning disrupted the morning commute and left about 200 consumers without power.

The power outage affected more consumers immediately after the accident, which occurred at about 8 a.m. All three Steamboat schools were without power at one point, but electricity was rerouted to isolate the outage, Yampa Valley Electric Association foreman Mike VandenBurg said. He expected power to be completely restored by 10 a.m., once a damaged switch box could be replaced.

A gold Ford F-250 truck crashed into the switch box and a light pole at the intersection of Fish Creek Falls Road and Amethyst Drive. Steamboat Springs police Officer Dan Kelliher said the truck was heading down Fish Creek Falls Road and collided with a white Ford Explorer traveling in the opposite direction and attempting to turn onto Amethyst Drive.

The driver of the Explorer was a male Steamboat Springs High School student, Kelliher said. His younger sister was a passenger in the vehicle. The teen was ticketed for careless driving. Airbags deployed in the Explorer, but neither student was injured.

The two people in the F-250 went to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries, Kelliher said.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Rick Kaspar assisted Kelliher in reconstructing the accident scene. Tom Whiddon, a Steamboat Springs senior community service officer, helped direct the rush-hour traffic, which was re-routed during the road closure.

"It was a pretty big inconvenience for people, but everyone was polite in letting us finish the scene," Kelliher said.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4247 or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

dave reynolds 6 years, 10 months ago

nice way to start your driving career..Thank God no one was serious hurt.heres a hint dont follow your parents example and other peoples example of driving 80% of the drivers here are clueless as to the basic rules of driving..they speed tailgate run stop signs stoplites use the shoulder as the turning lane etc..yes I take every oppertunity to point these things out cause its ture but for some reason enforcement is turning a blind eye until its to late

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dave reynolds 6 years, 10 months ago

nice way to start your driving career..Thank God no one was serious hurt.heres a hint dont follow your parents example and other peoples example of driving 80% of the drivers here are clueless as to the basic rules of driving..they speed tailgate run stop signs stoplites use the shoulder as the turning lane yap on there cells etc..yes I take every oppertunity to point these things out cause its ture but for some reason enforcement is turning a blind eye until its to late

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JQPUBLIC 6 years, 10 months ago

Wow... grammar police.

paddlefisher.... I guess there is a new rule, you only have a right to express your opinion if you are grammatically correct. After reading Boulders next to last sentence, maybe you aren't allowed to have an opinion at all.

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dave reynolds 6 years, 10 months ago

This isn't about my grammer its about the blant disregraud for traffic laws displayed in this town..i don't know them nor was I there and am very glad no one was hurt..several months ago a post was on here by a parent who was driving downtown and the light turned yellow thier child said just blow through it everyone else does...I did not mean to dis the parents of this teen or him for that matter it was a general statement..but my grammer is so bad that I was misunderstood..you think my statements are wrong watch for a few days

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id04sp 6 years, 10 months ago

I simply cannot imagine any reason that I would care what anyone from Boulder thinks about anything.

We used to have a saying in Steamboat. It went something like, "Spend your money and go back to Boulder." Maybe we should sell t-shirts or something.

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dave reynolds 6 years, 10 months ago

yeah JQ..next time I'll use spell check..couldn't have been that bad Boulder got my drift..4sp..have a cousin living in Boulder visited twice prefer not to go back..we weren't close

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