Drivers seriously hurt in rollovers |

Drivers seriously hurt in rollovers

Two separate single-vehicle rollover crashes ” one on eastbound Highway 82, the other on eastbound Interstate 70 ” occurred within two hours Tuesday morning.

Both accidents caused serious injuries to the drivers, according to reports issued later Tuesday by the Colorado State Patrol.

In both crashes, single-occupant female drivers were at the wheel. Both drivers drifted onto the left side of the road and then the median. Both drivers overcorrected, causing their vehicles to skid and to roll.

Lott accident on Highway 82

The first accident occurred at milepost 4.5 on eastbound Highway 82, just south of Glenwood Springs, at 6:50 a.m.

Driver Shelley R. Lott, 31, of Glenwood Springs, was driving a 2000 Lexus when she drifted off the left side of the road and partially into the median.

Lott overcorrected, causing the vehicle to lose control and skid for 298 feet along on the right side of the road, before colliding with the guardrail.

Lott’s vehicle traveled along the guardrail for another 45 feet before going over the top of the rail and down an embankment until the vehicle collided with the ground. The impact sent the Lexus end-over-end, rolling four times.

Lott was ejected through the sunroof before the vehicle came to rest.

Units from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s office and Colorado State Patrol responded to the accident.

Lott was transported to Valley View Hospital. Lott suffered a broken back and serious head injuries in the crash, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Alice Sundeen of Valley View Hospital reported Tuesday afternoon that Lott was in stable condition and transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Zahourek accident on I-70

The second accident occurred at milepost 108.5 on I-70 eastbound, west of the Canyon Creek exit, at 8:58 a.m.

Driver Yvonne N. Zahourek, 27, of New Castle was driving a 1989 Chevy 1500 pickup truck when she drifted off the left side of the road and partially into the median.

Zahourek overcorrected, coming back onto the road. She lost control of the truck, and it skidded 286 feet off the left side of the road and into the median, where Zahourek’s vehicle rotated in a clockwise spin, rolling two and a half times, landing in the median.

Zahourek was ejected out the driver’s side door prior to the vehicle stopping.

Units from Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s office, New Castle Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol responded to the accident.

Zahourek was transported to Valley View Hospital with a broken pelvis and other serious internal injuries. Sundeen reported Zahourek was in stable condition, and was airlifted to a hospital in Denver Tuesday afternoon.

A reminder to buckle up

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, both roads were dry and clear Tuesday morning.

Neither driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accidents.

A statement issued by the Colorado State Patrol regarding the accidents stated “the Patrol would like to remind all drivers to take an extra second to buckle your seatbelt.”

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

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