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Icy roads make Monday morning commute tough for some Routt County drivers

Scott Franz
Icy roads made for tricky driving conditions Monday morning. This pickup slid off the road and rolled near the Shop & Hop Food Store on U.S. Highway 40 south of town.
John F. Russell

Chances of vehicle collisions with wildlife increases in winter

With dusk arriving earlier and wildlife now moving to lower elevations, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding drivers to be on the lookout for deer and elk on the roads.

The news release from the agency states November is the peak of the mating season for deer, and deer and elk are moving from their high-altitude summer ranges to low-elevation valleys where it's easier to find food.

"November is a dangerous month for motorists and wildlife," Parks and Wildlife Watchable Wildlife Coordinator John Koshak is quoted as saying in the release. "Commuters will be driving at dusk when visibility is poor and when wildlife is most active.

If a driver hits an animal, wildlife officials ask the driver to report it to local law enforcement and to call 911 if there are any injuries.

Wildlife crashes without any injuries can be reported to local law enforcement in Routt County by calling 970-879-1090.

Colorado Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling is one of the 17 stretches of road in the state identified by Parks and Wildlife as a "high-risk" area for collisions with wildlife.

— Icy and snowpacked roads made the Monday morning commute tough for some Routt County drivers.

By 2 p.m., emergency responders had tended to several rollovers and crashes in Steamboat Springs and Hayden but reported no serious injuries.

“It was like an ice skating rink out there,” said Dale Leck, the assistant fire chief in West Routt County.

He had just returned from transporting to Yampa Valley Medical Center a driver who had spun off an icy road near Hayden. Leck said the hospital trip was more of a precaution because the driver had undergone a medical procedure at the hospital earlier in the day.

Emergency responders in Hayden were called to three crashes Monday morning, the first being a noninjury rollover near Mount Harris.

In Steamboat Springs, icy roads also led to some car crashes.

A driver and passengers did not sustain any injuries after their pickup slid off the road and rolled near the Shop & Hop Food Store on U.S. Highway 40 south of town.

Road conditions improved Monday afternoon in Steamboat, but more snow is in the forecast for Tuesday.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.

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