Van careens off Berthoud Pass, injuring eight
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County CO Colorado
Packed snow caused a vehicle carrying a Texas family of eight to careen off of the road at the top of Berthoud Pass on Saturday, injuring passengers.
Having slid off of the roadway about a mile from the top of Berthoud Pass in Clear Creek County at mile marker 243, the vehicle descended about 30 feet before it was stopped by a tree, according to Grand County Emergency Medical Services Chief Ray Jennings. The vehicle remained upright, he said.
Rescuers closed Berthoud to travel around 4:30 p.m. while emergency responders used ropes to pull injured passengers on back boards up the steep embankment.
Most of the passengers suffered minor head and back injuries, according to Jennings. Grand EMS transported all eight individuals to St. Anthony’s Hospital, Denver, in three ambulances.
They reportedly have since been released.
Before the accident, the family had been caravanning eastbound with one other vehicle.
As many as 40 rescuers from a tri-county area worked to get the family to safety. Among agencies involved were Grand County EMS, Gilpin EMS, East Grand Fire, Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office, Gilpin Sheriff, Fraser-Winter Park Police, CDOT and Colorado State Patrol officers.
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