Rifle teen uninjured in Sunday crash
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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