Man injured in rockslide on Hwy. 82 is out of ICU |

Man injured in rockslide on Hwy. 82 is out of ICU

Will Grandbois
A van was struck by a large boulder Nov. 24, severely injuring driver David Pixler.
John Stroud, Post Independent |


A fund for David Pixler and his family has been set up at

David Pixler, the 49-year-old Grand Junction man who was injured in a rockslide on Highway 82 last week, is out of the intensive care unit and doing well, his family says.

“He has a long road to recovery, but is on his way as he is as feisty and stubborn as he has always been,” his sister, Stacy Pixler Pinnt, wrote in an email.

A team of Colorado Department of Transportation geologists will examine the slope this week to assess the risk of more slides. The rocks themselves have been moved to the side of the road and will likely be removed next spring.

Pixler was one of two people injured when several large boulders rolled onto the highway near Carbondale just before 5 p.m. Nov. 24, which was a snowy day. According to Pinnt, Pixler was unable to stop and hit the boulder, sending the company van he was driving into a spin and causing it to collide with another vehicle.

It took 25 minutes for rescue workers to free Pixler from the vehicle. He sustained numerous broken ribs; a broken femur; broken hip; bruised kidneys, liver and spleen; and a small tear to his aorta, Pinnt said.

He was taken first to Valley View Hospital and then to Denver Health Medical Center, where he underwent surgery Nov. 25 and 26 and was moved from intensive care to progressive care on Sunday.

Pixler is married with two daughters and three grandchildren.

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