One-car Hwy. 82 crash kills driver, injures youngster |

One-car Hwy. 82 crash kills driver, injures youngster

Tim Mutrie

A one-car crash on Highway 82 in Glenwood Springs claimed thelife of the driver and seriously injured a 9-year-old girl Sunday.Authorities arrived at the accident scene at 8:21 a.m. yesterday,but believe the accident occurred sometime during the night, accordingto a statement from the Colorado State Patrol. “Evidence on sceneindicates the crash occurred sometime last night/early morning,”the statement said.The identity of the driver, a woman, was not released by the patrol,pending next of kin notification. She was pronounced dead at thescene.At 5 p.m. Sunday, the girl was reported in serious condition atValley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs by Dee Morris, eveningshift supervisor.”She was critical a couple of hours ago, but she’s improved,”Morris said. When the girl arrived at the hospital, “she was severely hypothermic.Her body temperature was in the 70s,” Morris said. Stabilizingthe girl’s body temperature was the doctors’ foremost concern,she added.Morris said the girl’s other injuries include a small head injury,facial lacerations, a fractured collar bone, abdominal trauma,and other bumps and bruises. Morris said the girl was awake andtalkative yesterday afternoon.Trooper Joe Wilson said he does not believe the driver and childwere valley residents. According to the State Patrol, the two were headed downvalleyon Highway 82 in a 1987 Toyota Tercel hatchback when the driverapparently lost control. The vehicle slid sideways across theeastbound lanes, near mile marker four, just east of the BuffaloValley Inn. According to authorities, the car slid off the left side of theroad and down an embankment, rolling one time in the process andejecting the girl. The Toyota continued down the embankment, strikinga set of railroad tracks. The driver was also ejected at thatpoint; the Toyota came to rest on its wheels.It appears neither occupant of the car was wearing a seat beltat the time of the accident, according to the patrol. Speed doesnot appear to be a contributing factor in the crash, the patrol’sstatement indicates.

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