Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Steamboat Springs A 65-year-old man was taken to the hospital in serious condition Tuesday after he reportedly crashed his motorcycle going around a curve on Routt County Road 33 near C.R. 179 south of Milner.
The crash, on Tuesday afternoon, was called in on radio by a Routt County Road and Bridge employee who was working in the area, and the department’s director, Paul Draper, called 911 at about 2:15 p.m.
“He took the corner on a motorcycle a little too wide, suspected a little too fast,” Routt County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Mellisa Baumgartner said.
The man was wearing a helmet and full motorcycle gear and hit a guardrail that kept him from going off the side of the road.
Draper said that section of road is curvy and was paved in about 2003.
“There’s some sharp corners, but it’s not something that’s problematic in general,” he said.
Baumgartner said alcohol and drugs were not suspected in the crash. The man’s name was not immediately available from the deputy who responded to the crash.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to the site and took the man to Yampa Valley Medical Center. Emergency Medical Services Chief Mel Stewart said the man was in serious condition. The injuries were not described as life-threatening.
Deputies had not issued any tickets Wednesday, and no other cars or passengers were involved.
US Highway 40 crash
Another man reportedly was in a one-car crash near mile marker 141 on U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The man reportedly was driving a small pickup when he went off the side of the road.
The man, whose name and age were not available from the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, reportedly broke out the passenger-side window and made his way to the roadside. He reportedly was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue took the man to YVMC with minor injuries, Baumgartner said, and the crash still is under investigation. Baumgartner said there is no reason to suspect drugs or alcohol. The cause of the crash was not known.
Stewart said the man possibly was released from the hospital Wednesday morning.