Frostbitten man found by Fraser tracks; Unrelated to WP death, police say |

Frostbitten man found by Fraser tracks; Unrelated to WP death, police say

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County CO Colorado

Union Pacific Railroad employees noticed a 22-year-old male frost-bitten and cold early last Wednesday morning on the tracks east of County Road 72 near Fraser.

Sheriff’s deputies who transported the individual, William Collins of Winter Park, said Collins had been intoxicated when he fell down the night before on the way home to his parents’ residence nearby.

From the fall, he had suffered minor bruising to his knees and had a bloody nose, but could not give information about where and when he had fallen, Undersheriff Walt Eldridge said in relaying the police report.

Earlier that night a friend of Collins had contacted the sheriff’s department with concern about Collins’s state of mind, Eldridge said, and officers looked for but could not find him.

He was found around 7:50 a.m., and was transported by EMS to Centura’s Granby Medical Center, from which he was transported to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital, Denver.

“He did not know how long he’d been lying in the area where he was found,” Eldridge said.

Deputies ascertained from tracks in the snow that Collins had been by himself.

A sheriff’s investigator reported that the Collins case is completely unrelated to the Winter Park case in which a 44-year-old Winter Park resident was found downtown lying in the snow nearly unconscious, and subsequently pronounced dead at the Granby Medical Center.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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