Two people were hurt when their vehicle reportedly left the road and crashed down an embankment, according to local sources. Colorado State Patrol confirmed the crash but have not identified either individual. No charges have been filed, but as with most car accidents, an investigation into the particulars of this crash is still underway.
According to a spokesperson for state patrol, around 3:46 a.m. the morning of Nov. 9, police were notified of a crash on the side of U.S. 160. When they arrived, they found a single vehicle had left the road for reasons unknown and crashed some 300 to 400 feet down an embankment. Both individuals, a 49-year-old male driver and a 41-year-old female passenger, survived the crash, possibly due in part to the fact that both were wearing seat belts.
The woman suffered a broken sternum, though the man’s injuries were not detailed in the report. Both individuals were taken to a local medical center in Pagosa Springs. Police have not commented publicly on what they believe the cause of the accident to be, but they have warned motorists not to drive while fatigued. They have not filed charges against the driver at this time.
Driver negligence is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Colorado. If it is determined the driver was too fatigued to safely operate his vehicle, he could be cited with a traffic infraction. Separately, the injured woman may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against him in civil court for the injuries she incurred in the crash. Civil court does not require a criminal conviction or even a charge, but it does require evidence to support the complaint.