New Castle woman remains in hospital after multi-car accident
Dawn Ryden, 38, of New Castle, remains at Valley View Hospital following an early-morning multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 on Monday, Jan. 30.Christy Parks, a friend of Ryden’s, said Ryden suffered a crushed pelvis and cracked sternum when she was struck from behind by a passing vehicle. She is coherent but has multiple bruising and extensive internal bleeding. Parks said that so many people have sent flowers to Ryden in the hospital that “there’s no more room to put them.” She asked instead that people consider giving to a fund that’s been set up for Ryden, since it will be some time before Ryden will be able to work . “Dawn’s going to be out of work for awhile,” said Parks. Parks said Ryden was traveling westbound on Interstate 70 between Silt and Rifle around 2 a.m. when she swerved to avoid an elk that had just been hit by two vehicles before her. Ryden’s vehicle came to rest in a ditch aligning the highway. According to Parks, Ryden was unharmed at that point. She got out of her vehicle, and headed to the scene of the accident, where she was struck from behind by passing vehicle. Parks said she believes Ryden was dragged for “some distance.” Parks said Ryden was taken by ambulance to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.Ryden was on her way home from work at Butch’s Smokehouse in West Glenwood when the accident occurred, Parks said. She and her husband, Conrad, have three children – Danielle, 16, Ben, 14, and Brittany, 19. Ryden’s mother and father are Charles and Angela Ryden, well-known for their corn maze they set up each year at the Ryden Ranch in New Castle. The Post Independent had not received confirmation from Colorado State Patrol on the names and conditions of others involved in the accident, or the extent of damage sustained by their vehicles.
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