At least 2 hurt in crash near Steamboat on Wednesday night
December 23, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Editor’s note: This story has been updated from its original version to correct the direction the Chevrolet pickup was traveling.
A head-on crash Wednesday night on U.S. Highway 40 just west of Steamboat Springs sent at least two people to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries.
Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said that crash and several others resulted from icy roads.
The head-on crash occurred at about 9:30 p.m. near mile marker 127 just west of the Heritage Park and Steamboat II subdivisions. A ticket was issued to the male driver of a white Chevrolet pickup for careless driving resulting in injury. Elliott was traveling Thursday and did not have names of the people involved or where they were from.
He said the driver of the pickup was heading east when he lost control and hit an oncoming red Dodge Durango head-on. A white Mercury Mountaineer traveling behind the Durango then sideswiped the Chevrolet pickup, which Elliott said was traveling too fast for conditions.
"The roads from Steamboat to Hayden were just a sheet of ice," Elliott said.
The driver of the Chevrolet pickup was not injured.
At least two others involved in the crash had to be extricated and taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Elliott said.
U.S. 40 was shut down temporarily after the crash. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies and Steamboat Springs Police Department officers then assisted with directing traffic.
Temperatures exceeded 40 degrees in Steamboat on Wednesday, creating slushy roads and, consequently, icy roads into the evening.
At about the same time as the head-on crash, state troopers responded to a one-vehicle rollover near Milner. Elliott said he did not think anyone was injured.
Another weather-related, noninjury crash was reported near mile marker 118 on U.S. 40.
The Sheriff's Office received two reports of vehicles that slid off the road and also responded to a rollover at about 9:20 p.m. on U.S. 40 near mile marker 122. A 50-year-old woman refused medical treatment.
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is predicting this weekend will be free of precipitation with daytime highs in the mid 30s. Overnight lows are expected to be in the low teens and single digits.