Man in critical condition after crash

South Routt resident remains at Denver hospital

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An Oak Creek man remained hospitalized Thursday in Denver after sustaining serious injuries in a rollover crash Monday night off Colorado Highway 131 near Phippsburg.

Jefferson D. Bone, 28, was in critical condition Thursday afternoon at Denver Health Medical Center, hospital spokesman Josh Herrington said.

Bone has worked as a cook at the Colorado Bar and Grill in Oak Creek for about a year, co-owner Becky Elliott said.

Bone was driving a 1995 Nissan Maxima northbound on Colo. 131 about 9 p.m. Monday, near mile marker 48 on the south edge of Phippsburg, when he drifted off the left side of the road, said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Tonya Cowan.

The vehicle, which began to rotate clockwise as it left the roadway, collided with a telephone box and went airborne after hitting an embankment, and rolled several times, Cowan said.

"As it was airborne, it took out a garbage can, flew through the air, landed back down on the ground, and, as it was landing, it took out a fence," Cowan said. "It came to a final rest on its wheels approximately 115 feet from where it went airborne.

"It rolled between two houses, a shed and a propane tank - we were certainly glad it didn't hit the propane tank," she said.

The vehicle finally came to a stop in someone's yard, where the engine caught fire, though the flames were quickly extinguished, Cowan said.

No other cars were involved, and no one else was injured.

Bone sustained serious injuries in the crash, including multiple broken bones, and was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center by an ambulance crew from the Yampa Fire Protection District. He was airlifted to Denver Health early Tuesday morning.

Emergency officials on scene closed Colo. 131 to traffic for about 30 minutes Monday night in the accident's aftermath, re-routing traffic under the railroad bridge in Phippsburg. The Routt County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene.

Bone was not wearing a seatbelt, and alcohol and speed were factors in the crash, Cowan said. He was cited for driving under the influence, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, careless driving causing bodily injury and driving without a valid driver's license.

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