Crash disrupts commute, power |

Crash disrupts commute, power

— A two-vehicle accident on Fish Creek Falls Road on Monday morning disrupted the morning commute and left about 375 Yampa Valley Electric Association customers without power.

The power outage affected more than 375 customers immediately after the accident, but YVEA workers rerouted electricity to isolate the outage, which occurred at about 8 a.m. All three Steamboat schools were without power at one point, YVEA foreman Mike VandenBurg said.

YVEA spokesman Jim Chappell said power was restored to most customers at 8:51 a.m. About 50 people were left without power until 10:20 a.m. while YVEA transferred electricity from one circuit to another and replaced a switch box damaged in the crash.

The outage occurred after 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 that was traveling up the road and attempting to turn onto Amethyst Drive.

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

A 10-year-old girl in the F-250 went to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries, said police, who could not provide more information because the girl is a minor.

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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.

Kelliher said the road was closed at times and traffic was rerouted.

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

Brandon Gee contributed to this report.

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