Wintry weather causes Rabbit Ears wrecks |

Wintry weather causes Rabbit Ears wrecks

Melinda Dudley

Colorado State Patrol Trooper David Kerker investigates a one-car accident on Rabbit Ears Pass this afternoon. The driver lost control of his pickup, which left the road and rolled several times before coming to a stop approximately 150 feet from the highway. The driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

— Three people were injured in a head-on collision on Rabbit Ears Pass this afternoon, where wintry weather and slick roads wreaked havoc on motorists.

A Subaru Forester and a Jeep Cherokee collided head-on at about 4 p.m. near mile marker 147 on U.S. Highway 40, just east of the west summit. Traffic was limited to one lane in the area, where two semitrailers also spun out.

Colorado State Patrol, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office were on scene. The woman driving the Subaru complained about neck pain, and the two occupants of the Jeep sustained unknown injuries. All three were transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center via ambulance.

Rain and snow also contributed to an earlier accident on Rabbit Ears Pass.

A Lakewood man sustained minor injuries when he lost control of his pickup on U.S. 40 near Timbers Reserve Drive South at about 2 p.m. The vehicle rolled several times, coming to a rest nearly 150 feet off the roadway in a ravine roughly one mile from the base of Rabbit Ears Pass.

The driver, 32-year-old Douglas Brunker, also was transported to YVMC. He sustained only minor cuts in the crash.

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Rain and snow are expected to continue through tonight and into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Accumulation of 1 to 5 inches is expected at high elevations including Rabbit Ears Pass, meteorologist Jeff Colton said.

A light dusting in possible in Steamboat Springs overnight, as well as areas west to Hayden, Colton said. Overnight lows are expected to be in the mid-20s.

The storm system is expected to clear out of the Yampa Valley by mid-morning. Warm, sunny conditions with highs near 60 will persist for the remainder of the week, Colton said.