Driver survives Berthoud Pass crash |

Driver survives Berthoud Pass crash

Reid Tulley
Winter Park, CO Colorado

WINTER PARK – The driver of a sedan careened off the roadway on Berthoud Pass, sustaining only minor injuries.

A 52-year-old woman from Dumont drove off the east side of Berthoud Pass near milepost 241 at Current Creek around 10 a.m. on Friday, April 5. The only one who was in the vehicle, she apparently crawled or walked 200 feet downhill from where her vehicle had landed as it was not apparent that she had been ejected from her vehicle, according to Search and Rescue sources.

Four members of Grand County Search and Rescue on snowshoes located her after members of East Grand Fire Protection made verbal contact with her; she had suffered slight injuries from the crash and was in a state of hypothermia, rescuers said.

Because she was not in her vehicle at the time it was found, a Grand County Search and Rescue team was nearly called off the search, but a female voice heard downhill from her car sent the crew into the field around 10:10 a.m. Rescuers immediately carried the woman out by litter on the steep and snowy terrain. East Grand Fire Protection District aided in her retrieval. She was then transported by ambulance to receive medical attention.

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