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Busy day for Search and Rescue

Emergency services respond to two North Routt accidents

— A woman riding a bicycle and a man riding a dirt bike were taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after they crashed their bikes in separate accidents in North Routt County.

North Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bob Riley said the woman was biking the Coulton Creek Trail near Pearl Lake at about 2:30 p.m. when she lost control of her bicycle and went over the handlebars.

The woman sustained minor injuries, Riley said. She was wearing a helmet.



Routt County Search and Rescue was called to help North Routt Fire Protection District personnel get to the woman, he said. Officers with Colorado State Parks also assisted with the call.

Riley did not know the woman’s name. He said she was in her 30s and had been camping at Steamboat Lake. Search and Rescue incident commander Jim Vail could not be reached for comment Monday.



While medics and Search & Rescue crews were responding to the call on Coulton Creek, a second call came in at about 4:15 p.m. for an injured dirt biker. Some of the crews responding to the bicycle accident were sent to the second call.

Riley said a man riding a dirt bike near Farwell Mountain reportedly crashed his bike and may have had broken bones and a collapsed lung.

The man was in “stable but serious condition,” Riley said Monday.

He did not know the man’s name or where he is from. Riley said he thought the man was wearing a helmet and full riding gear.

– To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com


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