Photo by John F. Russell
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue workers load a patient into an ambulance following a two-car accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Routt County Road 44 on Tuesday morning. Craig resident Jesus Dominguez, 19, rear-ended an SUV that had stopped to turn onto C.R. 44. Neither Dominguez nor the driver of the Chevrolet sustained serious injuries, despite the severity of the crash.
Updated March 18, 2009 at midnight
Steamboat Springs A pickup plowed into the back of an SUV east of Milner on U.S. Highway 40 on Tuesday morning, resulting in significant damage to both vehicles but no serious injuries.
Colorado State Patrol trooper Mike Morris said Craig resident Jesus Dominguez, 19, was driving a Ford pickup east on U.S. 40 about 8:30 a.m. when he ran into the back of the Chevrolet SUV, which had slowed to turn left onto Routt County Road 44. The force of the collision sent the SUV rolling off the roadway, and the pickup also went off the road. Neither vehicle carried a passenger, and no other cars were involved.
Morris said Dominguez received a careless driving citation. Dominguez was visibly shaken after the accident but able to walk away from the scene with no noticeable injuries. Morris said Paul Jazwick, of Milner, the driver of the SUV, was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center as a precautionary measure.
A hospital spokeswoman said Jazwick was treated and released from the hospital Tuesday.
The accident destroyed the entire front end of the Ford. The Chevrolet sustained broken windows and significant damage to its roof and sides.
"They were both incredibly lucky," said JD Paul, an off-duty Steamboat Springs Police Department officer who was one of the first to arrive on scene.
The accident briefly slowed traffic in both directions on U.S. 40 on Tuesday morning.