Jeep rolls 275-feet down hill injuring two |

Jeep rolls 275-feet down hill injuring two

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Two men were ejected from a Jeep Rubicon that rolled 275 feet down a hillside off the Three Mile Road south of Glenwood Springs Friday. The accident occurred about 10 a.m.

By the time the Glenwood Springs Fire Department arrived on the scene, they were notified that the driver of the vehicle was enroute to Valley View Hospital in a private vehicle.

The Glenwood Springs Fire Department did not release the names of the two men involved, mainly because the driver had already left the scene by the time they had arrived.

“We don’t know who that is or the extent of their injuries,” said Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Mike Piper.

However, the passenger of the vehicle was still trapped under part of the vehicle.

“The removable roof of the Jeep was laying on top of him,” Piper said.

It took GSFD rescue crews nine minutes to reach the scene and 30 minutes to reach the passenger, extricate him from the vehicle, and pull him up to the road in a “Stokes Basket” with ropes. That person was transported by GSFD to VVH with multiple-systems trauma, according to Piper.

The accident was reported to have happened about one mile up Three Mile Road. Piper said that it appeared as if the Jeep encountered another vehicle driving down the narrow road as it traveled up, when the driver of the Jeep tried to back down to let the other vehicle pass. Piper said that it looked as though a rear wheel of the Jeep went off the road causing the vehicle to roll down the hill.

Piper speculated that the driver may not have been very badly injured, saying that they would have had to been able to climb back up the hill, but he could not say for sure. However, Piper said, while the other driver who took the injured party to the hospital was probably operating on best intentions, it’s not the best idea.

“They should have rendered care on the scene and dialed 911,” Piper said. “In a rollover like that, with trauma to both, they could have injuries that you can’t see on the surface.”

Calls to the Colorado State Patrol were unsuccessful Friday afternoon, and no indication if alcohol or drugs were a factor, if the accident was under investigation, or if charges were filed is unclear at this time.

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