Steamboat Springs firefighter Paul Gilbertson directs traffic at the site of a three-car wreck in front of the Snow Bowl Plaza on U.S. Highway 40 on Thursday morning. Police reported only minor injuries in the wreck with one person being taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center by ambulance.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs firefighter Paul Gilbertson directs traffic at the site of a three-car wreck in front of the Snow Bowl Plaza on U.S. Highway 40 on Thursday morning. Police reported only minor injuries in the wreck with one person being taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center by ambulance.

Minor injuries in morning crash in Steamboat

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A man surveys the damage to a Toyota pickup truck after a three-car accident in front of Snowbowl Plaza on Thursday morning. Reports at the scene were that the injuries sustained by drivers and passengers in the accident were minor.

— One person was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries this morning after a three-vehicle crash on the west side of Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Bill Stucker said a Dodge pickup apparently rear-ended a Toyota pickup as the Toyota prepared to turn left from U.S. Highway 40 at Snow Bowl Plaza at about 8:30 a.m. That propelled the Toyota pickup into an oncoming Lexus.

Stucker said medical crews took the man driving the Toyota to YVMC with minor injuries. Neither of the other drivers was taken by ambulance. Stucker said a ticket was issued in the crash, but because he was not the investigating officer, he didn’t know what the ticket was for.

The highway was temporarily closed as emergency responders worked at the scene, causing a traffic backup.

Comments

bandmama 3 years, 8 months ago

Bad section of road. glad everyone was ok. Maybe a good spot for a useful sign???? Of somesort?

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weststmbtres 3 years, 8 months ago

That area is not marked well. There isn't a dedicated turning lane when you are heading west. However, the yellow lines that start to widen 40 as it comes into town makes a double-wide westbound lane at snow bowl. It leaves barely enough space for cars to make a left turn while still allowing traffic to continue west without "illegally passing on the right". By illegally passing I mean going outside the white line to pass.

I've never been quite certain if it really is legal to pass cars that are turning there even if you do stay inside the white line. I do it because the one time I stopped it nearly created a road rage incident with the pissed off cowboy behind me.

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