Many accidents, few injuries

Hazardous road conditions caused mostly minor crashes


Road conditions

The Colorado Department of Transportation posts up-to-date travel information and road conditions on the Web at Travelers can also call CDOT at 511 from anywhere in Colorado, or at 303-639-1111, for travel information.

CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks cautioned that road conditions can change quickly in hazardous weather.

"There's a good chance that after someone sets out, something can change," she said Monday. "Be prepared. Dress warmly, bring hats and boots and shovels - anything you might need in case something should happen."

— A storm that dumped windblown snow on Routt County between Sunday and Monday morning posed challenges to drivers and led to numerous accidents, but few injuries occurred, law enforcement officials said Monday.

Melissa Baumgartner of the Routt County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded Monday to a semi-trailer that jack-knifed on U.S. Highway 40 just east of town, and to another accident on Routt County Road 129. No injuries were reported with either accident.

A Colorado State Patrol spokesman said Monday evening that troopers responded to a one-car rollover at Routt County Road 14, and to a rolled-over pickup with an attached trailer on C.R. 129. No injuries were reported with either accident.

State Patrol also responded at about 3 p.m. Monday to a two-car crash on U.S. 40 near Colorado Highway 14, where minor injuries were reported.

Conditions were far worse Sunday.

The Sheriff's Office responded to at least eight accidents Sunday on Routt County Road 129 alone, Baumgartner said.

Neither the Sheriff's Office nor Colorado State Patrol reported any fatalities or serious injuries related to vehicle accidents over the weekend.

"We just handle them as they come, just as we would any other event," Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall said of the weather-related accidents.

Routt County Communications recorded 13 motor vehicle accidents from 12 a.m. Sunday to 12 a.m. Monday.

Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said CDOT crews were extremely busy on Rabbit Ears Pass during Sunday's storm, which brought wind gusts of more than 50 mph to the area.

"One of our supervisers up there said he personally pulled out about 15 cars that had gone off the road," Shanks said. "The road was pretty well taken care of, but the visibility was so bad that people were just driving off. : The plow drivers pulled out three semis as well. From what our crews worked on, they didn't report any property damage or injuries - at least nothing that was critical. We're glad that folks are OK."

The ski area reported 17 inches of new snow at mid-mountain Sunday. As of 6 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service had precipitation out of the forecast until a 20 percent chance of snow Thursday night. Lows were expected to be in the negative teens through Tuesday night, with wind chills as low as 25 below zero.


steamvent 9 years, 3 months ago

Novel idea ... public safety and support agencies actually helping people who slide off the road rather than ticketing them like the CSP does.


thecondoguy1 9 years, 2 months ago

dumb idea... people who can't stay on the road deserve a ticket................


corduroy 9 years, 2 months ago

out in Stagecoach it was terrible. Total white out conditions then someone is trying to three point turn in front of me, luckily I didn't get rear-ended, but I'll bet those following my car were wondering why I was going so slowly. Way worse to be the lead car if you can't see 3 feet ahead of you

Not a fan of snow and wind


dave reynolds 9 years, 2 months ago

yep pretty bruatal out there..coudary thank God you and others where paying attention..cause we all know most dont be safe think out there cause it just aint your life it everybody eles too..I'd hate to have to life with that consiquence(spelling)


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