Several accidents accompany snowfall in Routt County
Deputy: Conditions outside Steamboat still snowpacked and icy
November 19, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Law enforcement officers responded to about eight accidents in Routt County on Saturday after a winter storm left roads covered with about 7 inches of snow.
The most serious accident resulted in minor injuries to the driver and two passengers in a Chevy Trailblazer that rolled several times down an embankment in Oak Creek Canyon at about 9:30 a.m., according to Cpl. Mark Mackey, of the Routt County Sheriff's Office.
All occupants walked away from the accident but were transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center with scrapes, bruises and complaints of shoulder and back pain.
Colorado Highway 131 was closed for about 1 1/2 hours starting at noon Saturday while crews retrieved the car, which had landed on its side in the creek.
Most of the accidents Saturday occurred in unincorporated areas of Routt County, keeping deputies and Colorado State Patrol troopers busy.
"Steamboat's looking slushy and wet, but everything outside of Steamboat is still snowpacked and icy," Mackey said.
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The one accident that Steamboat Springs Police Department officers reported in the city occurred when a man backed his car into a city plow, according to officer Kristin Bantle. There were no injuries.
Elsewhere in the county, a car slid off Routt County Road 33 and sustained minor damage when it hit a snow bank.
Another slide-off at Colo. 131 and U.S. Highway 40 resulted in a car going through a barbed-wire fence.
There were two accidents without injuries in Mount Harris Canyon on U.S. 40.
Mackey said there have been two common factors among Saturday's accidents: driving too fast for conditions and a lack of proper tires.
"I've seen some really thin treads," he said. "When there's icy road conditions, you should slow down to what's the safest for conditions, and that relies lot on your vehicle type, tires and driving experience."
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