Two teens seriously injured in Friday morning Hwy 82 crash
Two teenage girls were seriously injured in the rollover wreck that occurred on Colorado Highway 82 about two miles outside of Glenwood Springs Friday morning, the Colorado State Patrol reported.
According to CSP Sgt. Rob Madden, the accident happened about 11:05 a.m. Friday when the 2003 Honda Element SUV went out of control while headed toward Glenwood Springs and struck the center embankment. The vehicle flipped and rolled two times, ejecting both the driver and the passenger.
Neither of the victims were wearing seatbelts, Madden said, and it is still unclear which of the two was driving, he said.
Kayla Sarmiento and Samantha Sarmiento, both 18, were initially taken to Valley View Hospital and later air-lifted to Denver Health due to the extent of their injuries. Both are reportedly students at Yampah Mountain High School in Glenwood Springs.
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“The accident is still under investigation to determine who was driving,” Madden said. “We are still looking to contact the family for some information.”
Madden said he believed the victims were still in the hospital.
Yampah Mountain High School issued a statement to parents and students on its website, noting that the students are in critical condition and urging students and the public to respect the family and avoid talking about the details of the accident.
“Because YMHS is a small community, your student may be impacted by this news,” Principal Leigh McGown wrote in the online letter. “On Tuesday, teachers and counselors will be available to support students as they learn about and process this news.”
Yampah students had a regularly scheduled day off on Monday.
The Friday crash resulted in the highway being closed for a period of time. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.
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