Photo by Matt Stensland
Police investigate a two-vehicle accident while Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters load a woman into an ambulance after extricating her from a vehicle Wednesday night on Elk River Road across from the Copper Ridge Business Park.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Steamboat Springs A crash between an SUV and a pickup heading toward each other on Routt County Road 129 sent two people to Yampa Valley Medical Center by ambulance Wednesday evening as heavier-than-expected snow hit the Steamboat Springs area.
Several other noninjury crashes were reported around the county Wednesday, and law enforcement officers driving on Rabbit Ears Pass reported slick conditions.
At about 5 p.m., Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders and Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a T-bone crash on C.R. 129, where the front end of a dual-cab pickup struck the side of an SUV.
One of the vehicles reportedly was traveling north, and the other south. The truck ended up across both lanes of traffic, and the SUV was off the west side of the road.
Steamboat Springs Police Department Sgt. Gerard Geis said police still were trying to interview the people involved as well as witnesses to find out how the accident happened and which vehicle was traveling which direction.
Firefighters and medical crews worked to extricate two passengers from the SUV, one from the front passenger seat and one from the rear passenger seat.
Medical crews took both people to YVMC in critical condition.
Geis said two other patients were taken to YVMC with minor injuries from the crash. All four victims were being treated locally as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, he said.
The road was reopened by 6:30 p.m.
Geis said no other injuries were reported in several other crashes in Steamboat Springs by 7 p.m. Geis said the crashes “involved too much speed and poor road conditions.”
“The bottom line is, slow down,” he said.
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