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Local vehicle rollovers speed-related

Alexis DeLaCruz

— A Clark woman sustained minor injuries Thursday when the vehicle she was driving rolled once on Routt County Road 129 north of Clark.

Michelle Barnes, 30, was driving a 2000 Ford Escape south on C.R. 129 at about 9:30 a.m. when she entered a curve too quickly and lost control of the vehicle, which veered off the left side of the road, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brett Hilling said. The vehicle then veered back across the highway and off the right side of the road before rolling over, Hilling said.

Speed likely was the cause of the accident, Hilling said. He estimated that Barnes was traveling at least 48 mph before the accident. The posted speed limit is 45 mph. Barnes told Hilling she wasn’t speeding, Hilling saiad. He issued her a ticket for careless driving.

Hilling said Barnes was treated for minor injuries at Yampa Valley Medical Center. She was released from the hospital Friday, YVMC spokeswoman Christine McKelvie said.

One hour after Barnes’ accident, a second accident happened C.R. 129. The incident, between mile markers 8 and 9, was similar to the rollover accident.

Hilling said John Imboden, 59, of Colorado Springs, was driving a Ford F-350 truck pulling about 7 tons of hay when he lost control of the vehicle as it entered a hard left turn in the road.

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The truck veered off the side of the road, and the trailer it was pulling detached. The vehicle rolled down an embankment and damaged a fence. Imboden lost his load of hay.

Hilling said Imboden was speeding, and he was given a citation for careless driving. The truck Imboden was driving was damaged in the accident, but he did not suffer any injuries.

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