Woman seriously injured in Tuesday morning crash

Matt Stensland
Steamboat Springs Police and members of Steamboat Fire Rescue come to the aid of an injured person involved in a one-car rollover accident just of U.S. Highway 40 near the Steamboat Campground Tuesday morning. Drivers were reporting black ice on the roads.
John F. Russell

— Police and witnesses worked together to lift a car off a pinned Steamboat Springs woman Tuesday morning.

The crash was reported shortly before 8 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue between the Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park and Steamboat Campground.

Steamboat Springs Police Department Sgt. Rich Brown said the woman’s Ford Explorer Sport Trac pickup went off the road and then rolled several times. The woman was the only person inside the pickup.

Brown said the woman was not wearing her seatbelt. She was ejected from and then pinned under the pickup.

“Serious, serious injuries,” Brown said.

He said between six and 10 officers and witnesses helped lift the pickup off the woman.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart said the woman was crushed by the pickup, and when firefighters arrived, she was not breathing. The woman started breathing again and regained some consciousness. Classic Lifeguard flew the woman to Denver Health Medical Center for treatment.

The woman’s name was not being released Tuesday, but police did say she is a 56-year-old Steamboat resident.

Brown said roads were very icy Tuesday morning.

“Just treacherous road conditions,” Brown said.

Witnesses told police the woman was not driving faster than the speed limit.

Firefighters and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office responded to two other crashes Tuesday morning.

Stewart said a woman in her 50s rolled her car near mile marker 122 on U.S. Highway 40 east of Milner. The car stopped on its side, but Stewart said it took a little while to extricate the woman.

The woman had some injuries that were not thought to be life threatening.

Another car rolled near mile marker 126. All three of the car’s occupants got out on their own and declined medical treatment.

On Rabbit Ears Pass near mile marker 151, a semi jackknifed and went off the road, but no one was injured.

“It was so slick,” Stewart said.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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