• September 18, 2019

Eight People Hospitalized Following Head-On Crash Sunday on Hwy 9

Head-On Crash Sunday on Hwy 9

Summit county, CO — A two-vehicle, head-on crash near Green Mountain Reservoir on Sunday, Sept. 15th closed Colorado Highway 9 for hours and sent at least eight people to hospitals, including one via a Flight For Life helicopter, said authorities.

Officers responded to reports of a collision on Highway 9 north of Silverthorne near the town of Heeney at around 2 p.m. Sunday, said police.    

Sgt. Blake White reported that the vehicles involved were a southbound Toyota Tundra and a white Subaru Ascent, which was traveling northbound

White said the Subaru crossed over into the southbound lane and crashed head-on into the Toyota, causing the Subaru to rotate counterclockwise and skid before coming to a stop in the northbound lane.  The Toyota continued southbound for about 40 feet before going off the side of the road and coming to stop.  

White said there was one driver and one passenger in the Toyota and one driver and seven passengers in the Subaru. Use of drugs and alcohol was not thought to be involved, and neither driver was suspected of speeding, he said.

Emergency personnel report that one severely injured woman, who was traveling in the Subaru, was airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.  Brent Boyer, communications manager for St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, said the woman was listed in critical condition as of Sunday evening. 

Seven others in the Subaru were transported via ambulance to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, said White.   Of the seven transported by ambulance, White said four were juveniles.

According to reports, two of the juveniles were not wearing seatbelts, one was wearing a seatbelt and one was in a child safety seat. All four were injured and listed in stable condition as of Sunday evening, Boyer said. The driver of the Subaru and another adult passenger were both wearing seatbelts and had minor injuries, White said.

White said the driver of the Toyota was wearing a seatbelt, was injured and was taken to the hospital via ambulance.  The passenger of the Toyota was not injured, he said.  

The investigation is ongoing.

Source: Sky-Hi News

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