Firefighters preparing to move the truck that rolled down an embankment Thursday morning in Steamboat.

Photo by Dan Tullos

Firefighters preparing to move the truck that rolled down an embankment Thursday morning in Steamboat.

Eagerly awaited snow in Steamboat also brings car accidents

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Snowy roads cause rollover

The storm left area roads slippery overnight Wednesday and into Thursday. Emergency officials responded to a pickup that rolled down an embankment in Steamboat Springs.

— Slick conditions led to numerous car crashes Wednesday and Thursday, but no serious injuries were reported.

One of the crashes involved a school bus with nine children on board in South Routt County. Early Wednesday evening, a Toyota Tacoma pickup collided with the South Routt School District bus on Colorado Highway 131 near Toponas.

According to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol, the Tacoma lost control on the slick, snowy roads and skidded into the oncoming lane and into the bus, which was going south toward McCoy.

A couple of the students on the bus complained of chest pain and soreness and were treated at the scene by Yampa Fire Protection District firefighters. Some parents came to pick up their students, and other students were taken home on another bus.

A 31-year-old Craig woman was driving the Tacoma with her two children in child safety seats. Troopers determined driver inexperience contributed to the crash, and the driver was ticketed for careless driving.

Another crash occurred just before 8 a.m. Thursday in Steamboat when a pickup rolled several times down an embankment toward the Yampa River near the Iron Horse Inn. The male driver of the pickup suffered only minor injuries.

Steamboat police Sgt. John McCartin said the driver was going south on South Lincoln Avenue when his Ford pickup spun out on the ice and began to rotate. The truck rolled at least once down the embankment and landed on its side just above the Yampa River Core Trail. The driver was ticketed for driving too fast for road conditions.

Also Thursday morning, Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a car that slid off Routt County Road 129 about four miles north of Steamboat. The car was occupied by one woman, who was complaining of arm pain.

“She seems to be doing OK,” Undersheriff Ray Birch said.

From about 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, deputies helped State Patrol troopers with traffic control on Rabbit Ears Pass. A chain law was in effect, and vehicles were having a hard time keeping traction. No serious crashes were reported.

“The semi trucks that were coming over weren’t prepared for the ice and snow,” Birch said.

Wednesday afternoon’s snowstorm produced 4 to 5 inches of snow around Steamboat Springs, and there could be more on the way.

There was 4.5 inches of snow accumulated on picnic tables on the west side of Steamboat on Thursday morning and five inches at the weather station maintained by National Weather Service observer Art Judson on Anglers Drive.

Steamboat Ski Area spokesman Mike Lane said 7 inches of snow fell at Thunderhead as of Thursday morning, and the temperature was just 22 degrees. More snow is expected to fall Thursday night.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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