Photo by John F. Russell
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Rick Kaspar takes photos at the scene of a two-vehicle accident on Routt County Road 129 on Wednesday afternoon. The driver of the jeep was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center by ambulance.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
North Routt A Clark man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident just before 2 p.m. Wednesday on Routt County Road 129, about seven miles north of U.S. Highway 40.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper D.C. Kerker said a northbound jeep driven by 54-year-old Richard Stremel of Clark collided with a southbound gravel truck owned and operated by the Routt County Road and Bridge Department. Brian Gupton of Craig, a Road and Bridge employee, was driving the truck, which had two blown driver's side tires after the accident. County employees on the scene said Gupton was not injured in the crash. Kerker said Stremel crossed the road's center lines while rounding a curve and struck the gravel truck.
Emergency responders transported Stremel to Yampa Valley Medical Center with injuries that Kerker said included a broken femur and a broken ankle. There were no passengers in the jeep or the gravel truck and no other vehicles involved.
State Patrol cited Stremel for careless driving. Kerker said drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash.
The accident blocked traffic on C.R. 129 for about an hour Wednesday. Troopers began opening one lane of traffic at about 3 p.m.
Also Wednesday afternoon, a Buick struck a Ford pickup on U.S. Highway 40 at the Iron Horse Inn, causing minor injuries and snarling afternoon traffic on the highway.