Silt woman critically injured in crash |

Silt woman critically injured in crash

SILT, Colorado ” A 21-year-old Silt woman was critically injured in a one-car accident while driving alone on rural Dry Hollow Road early Friday morning, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Teal Leray Harper was reportedly headed north on Garfield County Road 331 (Dry Hollow) sometime before 5 a.m. Friday about 2.6 miles south of Interstate 70, when she lost control of her 1983 Subaru station wagon and drove off the right side of the road.

Troopers dispatched to the scene determined that Harper was thrown from the car as it rolled down a steep embankment an unknown number of times. She was the sole occupant of the vehicle, and was not wearing a seat belt, according to a CSP press release.

The vehicle came to rest on its wheels in a shallow creek. Harper was found partially submerged in the creek. She was initially taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with critical injuries, and later flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction for continued treatment.

The accident remains under investigation, but the State Patrol suspects alcohol and excessive speed were factors, according to the press release.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the accident investigation.

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