Weather causes accidents
School bus incident sends Oak Creek girl to hospital
April 18, 2006
An Oak Creek girl was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after suffering minor injuries in an accident involving a school bus.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Melissa Remner said a 10-year-old girl — who was riding the school bus south on Colorado Highway 131 — complained about minor neck pains after a car slid into the bus while it was stopped near Routt County Road 50Z.
Remner said the girl was the only person involved in the accident to report injuries. The girl was treated and released from Yampa Valley Medical Center on Tuesday, Remner said.
The accident occurred at 8:20 a.m., when area roads were icy because of snowy weather, Remner said.
The school bus had just stopped and put out its flashing lights and stop sign near Colo. 131 and C.R. 50Z when a teenager driving north on Colo. 131 swerved to avoid a car that had stopped for the bus. The teenager’s vehicle sideswiped the school bus, Remner said.
Remner did not release the name of the teen because he is a juvenile. He was cited for careless driving.
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Icy roads and blowing snow Tuesday morning also caused the closing of Rabbit Ears Pass for nearly five hours and caused several cars to roll over.
Remner said she responded to a rollover accident on U.S. Highway 40 outside of Milner, where a woman had lost control of her car on the icy road. Remner said the woman was traveling too fast for the conditions. The woman was not injured.
A second rollover occurred on C.R. 33 near mile marker 15. No injuries were reported in that rollover, Remner said.
Other accidents reported Tuesday morning and afternoon involved cars that slid off U.S. 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass. Remner said none of those accidents involved injuries.