Rifle teen uninjured in Sunday crash | PostIndependent.com

Rifle teen uninjured in Sunday crash

Ryan Hoffman
Xcel Energy customers in Rifle are asked to conserve electricity as the company works to repair damage caused by an early morning vehicle crash Sunday.
Ryan Hoffman / Citizen Telegram |

The teenage driver who crashed a pickup truck into a power pole, which left most of Rifle without power for multiple hours early Sunday, walked away uninjured.

A 17-year-old male Rifle resident was driving a 2013 Chevy 1500 pickup truck westbound on Highway 6 when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a power pole around 4 a.m. Sunday, according to Colorado State Patrol.

The driver, who was the only person in the vehicle at the time, left the scene — possibly to find help — but was later returned, said Nate Reid, CSP public information officer.

He was charged with reckless driving, a misdemeanor.

The crash caused substantial damage to an Xcel Energy power pole and left 6,300 customers in Rifle without power early Sunday morning.

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