Woman and son OK after slideoff on Rabbit Ears Pass
October 17, 2011
Steamboat Springs — A Kremmling woman and her 3-year-old son were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center for precautionary reasons and released Monday after the woman's Ford Expedition slid off Rabbit Ears Pass just west of mile marker 145, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nathan Lyons said.
Lyons said 36-year-old Emmylou Harmon lost control of her 2001 Ford Expedition and went off the right side of the road and down an embankment near the Harrison Creek curve. He said it was foggy, the road was slick from snow, but Harmon was driving too fast for the conditions.
Harmon climbed with her son, John, up the embankment that was said to be as much as a 25- to 30-yard drop, according to Routt County dispatchers who were relaying the call to emergency responders at about 12:30 p.m. Lyons said someone stopped and let Harmon and her son stay in their car until emergency responders arrived.
Lyons said Harmon was wearing her seat belt and that her son was in a child safety seat at the time of the accident.
"Without it, oh my gosh, it would have been really bad," he said. "That made the difference."
Lyons said he issued Harmon a citation for careless driving.