Snowmobiler killed on Rabbit Ears Pass identified |

Snowmobiler killed on Rabbit Ears Pass identified

The woman killed Tuesday afternoon while trying to cross U.S. Highway 40 near Dumont Lake on a snowmobile has been identified as 42-year-old Carol Wayland of Michigan.

Colorado State Patrol troopers said Wayland was trying to cross U.S. 40 from a parking lot on the highway’s west side. A semitrailer hauling lumber to Craig hit her as she entered the highway.

The semitrailer driver, 54-year-old Steven Bush of Craig, tried to slow his truck when he saw the snowmobile, but he could not stop in time, according to a Colorado State Patrol accident report.

The report indicates Wayland was thrown about 110 feet. Her snowmobile landed 6 feet from her body.

Snowmobilers who witnessed the accident performed CPR on Wayland before emergency crews arrived. Wayland then was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 3:15 p.m.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Jim Copley said the cause of Wayland’s death is unknown. He expects to receive the coroner’s autopsy results within the next few days.

Copley said Bush was driving 50 mph immediately before the accident and about 40 mph when he hit Wayland. Bush was not cited because the accident most likely was Wayland’s fault, Copley said.

Copley said the accident remains under investigation. The Colorado State Patrol is asking anyone with information about the accident to call its Craig office at 824-6501.

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