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Teen hurt in rollover near Carbondale

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – A 15-year-old girl suffered serious injuries in a roll-over crash on Prince Creek Road Friday, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The accident occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m., when an SUV driven by a 17-year-old Carbondale girl skidded out of control on the dirt road, the patrol said.

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries, said a patrol press release. Four other female occupants, ranging in age from 15 to 17, where also in the vehicle. Two of them also were not wearing seatbelts, including the girl who was seriously hurt, the patrol said. No further information was provided about the nature of her injuries.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be contributing factors in the crash, but excessive speed and other distractions are considered to be contributing factors, the patrol said.

The driver was issued a summons for careless driving causing bodily injury, not wearing a seatbelt, allowing passengers to not wear seatbelts and not having proof of insurance.

The SUV was headed west on the road, also known as Pitkin County Road 111, when it exited a series of curves and entered a straight section. The vehicle skidded counter-clockwise and the driver overcorrected, skidding clockwise, the patrol press release said. The SUV skidded off the right side of the roadway and collided with a dirt embankment. The front end of the vehicle went up and continued forward as the SUV did half a cartwheel, collided a second time with the embankment and rolled onto its side, blocking westbound traffic, the patrol said.

The road was temporarily closed. The state patrol, Carbondale Fire Department and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, along with Valley Towing.