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Car accidents: 3 hurt following crash in Colorado

Patricia M. Jarzobski

Three people were taken to local hospitals following a serious crash near Towoac. Colorado State Patrol has confirmed that they responded to the two-car crash around noon on March 20. As with many car accidents, this one is still under investigation, though one of the drivers involved has been cited as possibly having caused the crash. No arrests were made at the time. 

According to the accident report, the crash happened on U.S. 160 when one driver apparently fell asleep behind the wheel while headed northbound hauling a trailer. As a result, her vehicle drifted into southbound lanes where she collided nearly head-on with a southbound vehicle. The force of the impact caused the woman's engine to catch fire. 

Witnesses rushed to help, with one individual using a fire extinguisher to contain the engine fire until fire department officials arrived. Both drivers, as well as a passenger in the woman's vehicle who appears to be related to her, were all injured in the crash. Emergency responders included a Flight for Life helicopter and several ambulances. It took several hours to clear the highway before normal traffic resumed. 

The woman has been cited with careless driving leading to injury, a misdemeanor traffic offense, as well as failure to provide proof of insurance. It remains to be seen if further charges will be filed, but even if they are not, the injured parties are entitled to file personal injury lawsuits against her using the same evidence police used to cite her. A Colorado lawyer can help victims of car accidents determine what legal steps may be appropriate given the circumstances; in some cases that may mean negotiating an insurance settlement, while in others formal litigation in civil court may be necessary. 

Source: the-journal.com, "Three injured as cars collide south of Towaoc", Emily Rice, March 23, 2018

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