Numerous Incidents at Rocky Mountain National Park
August 13, 2010
A single vehicle rollover accident occurred near the Colorado River Trailhead on Trail Ridge Road at about 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11.
The single occupant, a 45-year-old man from Denver, had numerous injuries and was flown by Flight for Life to St. Anthony Central.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, according to Park officials.
On Aug. 10, park rangers conducted three other rescue operations.
At 9 a.m. rangers were notified by cell phone that a 22-year-old female was 200 feet below the summit of Longs Peak at roughly
14,000 feet with a knee injury. Andrea Soden from Boulder was assisted by visitors and park staff to the Boulderfield where she was flown by a helicopter to Upper Beaver Meadows at 4 p.m. She was taken by ground ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.
At noon on the same day, park rangers were notified by satellite phone of a 55-year-old female who had fallen and injured her leg on the Tonahutu Trail on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Elizabeth Williams of Lexington, Ky, was roughly 10 miles from the trailhead. Park rangers on horseback reached Williams at 5:15 p.m. She was brought out of the backcountry by a horse. Rangers reached the trailhead at 8:15 p.m. She left the Park with family members in a personal vehicle.
Also that day, park rangers were notified by a cell phone that a 62-year-old female had fallen and broken her ankle on the Gem Lake Trail. Park rangers carried Barb Smith of Denver roughly one-quarter mile with a wheeled litter. She was taken by ground ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.