Updated July 19, 2010 at 11 a.m.
Steamboat Springs Editor's Note: This story has been updated from its original version, to reflect that the accident occurred Friday evening, not Saturday evening as initially reported.
Three people, including two Steamboat Springs residents, were injured Friday evening in a car wreck north of Wolford Mountain Reservoir at about mile marker 173 on U.S. Highway 40 in Grand County. Colorado State Patrol troopers responded to the two-vehicle, head-on crash at about 7:45 p.m. near the reservoir between Steamboat and Kremmling.
Brittany Schwantes, 21, of Seymour, Wis., was driving a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta west, leaving a curve to the left, according to a CSP news release. Thomas Simmins, 53, of Steamboat was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer and pulling a camper trailer headed east toward the same curve, according to the release. He was with Mary Simmins, 51.
Schwantes’ car traveled slightly off the right side of the road and then veered left, across the eastbound lane and into the westbound lane. The car began a sharp turn back right and began to rotate clockwise when Thomas Simmins’ vehicle collided with the left rear side. The Jetta was broken in two, the release stated.
Schwantes was wearing her seat belt and remained in the front part of the car, which rotated counterclockwise and landed on its wheels facing west, partly blocking both lanes. The rear part of the car landed in the eastbound lane. The Ford continued south, rolling one and a quarter times before resting on its right side, partly off the right side of the road.
The Simminses also were wearing their seat belts. All three were taken to Kremmling Memorial Hospital with moderate to serious injuries, according to the CSP release.