Man stable after head-on car crash west of Milner |

Man stable after head-on car crash west of Milner

— A Denver man with family ties to Routt County is recovering after being involved in a head-on collision Tuesday on U.S. Highway 40.

Swedish Medical Center in Denver listed Mark Holder, 58, as being in stable condition Friday. The Colorado State Patrol previously reported that Holder was 60 years old.

Holder's cousin, Patty Myers, of Hayden, said the crash occurred while Holder was traveling to Craig to attend a funeral for his aunt, Berdena Nicodemus. Myers said Holder suffered a punctured lung and cracked vertebrae and had severe injuries to his leg.

Myers said a long rehabilitation period is expected, but Holder is expected to survive.

"The concern is infection right now," Myers said.

Holder is the son of the late Emily Reeve Ingram, a 40-year Steamboat Springs resident who was a strong supporter of the arts. She died Jan. 31, 2011, at the Doak Walker Care Center.

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The Colorado State Patrol thinks the crash at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday might have occurred because Holder fell asleep while driving. The car he was driving crossed into the eastbound lane of U.S. 40 near mile marker 118 west of Milner and collided head-on with a Ford F150 pickup. There were no signs of Holder braking or aggressively steering to avoid the accident, according to the State Patrol.

Holder was pinned under the steering wheel of his car and had to be extracted by West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters, who then took him to Yampa Valley Medical Center. Holder was cited for careless driving.

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