Nine Injured in Three-Car Pile up in Colorado

Nine Injured in Three-Car Pile up in ColoradoOn July 26, nine people were injured in a crash on U.S. Highway 285 in Colorado at the base of Kenosha Pass, the Park County Republican reports.

According to the news source, three children and one adult had to be emergency airlifted from the scene of the crash, while five other victims had to be transported via ambulance to hospitals in the Denver metropolitan area. The accident closed the road for almost two and a half hours as cleanup crews and investigators worked the area.

Corporal Boyd Manz of the Colorado State Patrol told the media outlet that the crash occurred when a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup truck smashed into a 1999 Oldsmobile minivan in the northbound lanes. The van reportedly had stopped in order to make a left turn off the highway.

Upon being hit by the truck, the minivan was allegedly moved forward and crashed into a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup that was traveling in the southbound lanes of U.S. 285, causing the Ram and the minivan to stall out in the middle of the highway, while the Dakota spun and slid off the road.

"The injuries are serious, but they do not appear to be life-threatening at this time," Manz told the news provider.

According to the media outlet, Kelly Ambron was driving the Ram truck that crashed into the back of the minivan, and had to be flown via helicopter to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver. Ambron could potentially be cited in the accident.

Dawandi Brewer, who was driving the minivan, was transported to a Denver hospital by ambulance, while three of the children in the van, who weren't wearing seatbelts, had to be airlifted from the crash. The three passengers of the Dakota sustained minor injuries and were taken to a hospital in Denver.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, 3,895 people were injured in car accidents in 2008, the latest year for which data is available.