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Accident causes Monday morning headaches

— A two-vehicle accident on Fish Creek Falls Road this morning disrupted the morning commute and left about 200 consumers without power.

The power outage affected more consumers immediately after the accident, which occurred at about 8 a.m. All three Steamboat schools were without power at one point, but electricity was rerouted to isolate the outage, Yampa Valley Electric Association foreman Mike VandenBurg said. He expected power to be completely restored by 10 a.m., once a damaged switch box could be replaced.

A gold Ford F-250 truck crashed into the switch box and a light pole at the intersection of Fish Creek Falls Road and Amethyst Drive. Steamboat Springs police Officer Dan Kelliher said the truck was heading down Fish Creek Falls Road and collided with a white Ford Explorer traveling in the opposite direction and attempting to turn onto Amethyst Drive.

The driver of the Explorer was a male Steamboat Springs High School student, Kelliher said. His younger sister was a passenger in the vehicle. The teen was ticketed for careless driving. Airbags deployed in the Explorer, but neither student was injured.

The two people in the F-250 went to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries, Kelliher said.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Rick Kaspar assisted Kelliher in reconstructing the accident scene. Tom Whiddon, a Steamboat Springs senior community service officer, helped direct the rush-hour traffic, which was re-routed during the road closure.

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“It was a pretty big inconvenience for people, but everyone was polite in letting us finish the scene,” Kelliher said.

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