One hospitalized after head-on crash |

One hospitalized after head-on crash

A woman driving a Toyota sedan was seriously injured Friday afternoon in a head-on collision with a Suburban near mile marker 150 on U.S. Highway 40 near the top of Rabbit Ears Pass. The accident closed the pass in both directions while the woman was extracted from the vehicle before being taking to Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Heavy, wet snow made driving conditions near the top of Rabbit Ears Pass treacherous Friday afternoon and may have contributed to the crash.
John F. Russell

This story has been updated.

A head-on collision on Rabbit Ears Pass Friday afternoon temporarily closed U.S. Highway 40 and left an Oak Creek woman with broken legs Friday afternoon.

The crash occurred about 2:15 p.m. at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass during a quick, intense storm that left between four and six inches of snow on the highway.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Coby Smart said Steamboat resident Ruth Feiring was driving her Chevy Suburban westbound near mile marker 150 when she lost control and veered into oncoming traffic.

She struck a Toyota sedan driven by Andrea Abrahamson head-on, and the front end of the Toyota went under the Suburban.

Nurses and a doctor came across the scene and cared for Abrahamson until Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters arrived.

Abrahamson had to be extricated from the car and was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center. Her injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

Feiring was not injured and was cited for careless driving causing injury.

U.S. 40 was closed for about an hour until one lane of traffic was cleared.

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