Large Colorado Crash Sends Nine People to Hospital

Large Colorado Crash Sends Nine People to HospitalSnowy conditions created a mess for drivers in Colorado on Sunday, February 12, and helped cause an accident that sent nine people to a local hospital.

According to the Durango Herald, the four-car collision occurred at 8:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 550 near Electra Lake. Colorado State Patrol Sergeant Ben Steger stated that nine people had to be taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center for injuries, one of which was serious.

Carol Loveless, 33, of Arizona had to be extricated from a 2010 Honda Crossover and taken to the hospital by ambulance. The accident forced crews to stop traffic until about 10:45 a.m. to load the injured drivers and passengers into ambulances and remove Loveless from her vehicle.

The accident occurred as Kelly Deeny, of Phoenix, allegedly swerved into the northbound lane while driving her 2008 Ford Explorer, striking a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Phillip Noel, 55, of New Mexico, and a 2003 Honda Odyssey driven by 46-year-old Paul Mattox, the media outlet stated.

Loveless was riding in the back of the Honda Crossover, which was driven by Heather Przybyl, 41, of Goodyear, Arizona. The vehicle was traveling behind Deeny’s Explorer.

Steger stated that Deeny was cited for careless driving causing injury, as well as for not providing proof of insurance after the accident.

According to the Herald, two passengers riding in the Explorer, Danielle Soza, 38, of Phoenix and Kerry Kincos, 33, of Tempe, were taken also taken to the hospital, as well as a second unknown passenger from the Crossover and a 13-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl.

Steger surmised that heavy traffic was in part caused by Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort’s offering of discounted tickets on Sunday, which may have been to blame for another accident in the area.

A head-on collision occurred on U.S. Highway 160 west of County Road 225A, the media outlet stated. The accident occurred when a driver in a 1991 Chevy Geo Prizm was driving eastbound and allegedly veered into oncoming traffic, colliding with a 2001 Ford Escape.

In total, five passengers from the vehicles underwent treatment from Mercy hospital. The driver of the Geo was cited for careless driving after the collision.

The Colorado State Patrol has introduced a number of new initiatives since 2001 to reduce the amount of fatal car accidents and injury crash rates through higher visibility, strict enforcement and maximum deployment of resources.