Woman uninjured after car goes off Highway 40 near Snow Mountain Ranch
January 8, 2019
GRANBY — The driver of a vehicle traveling along Highway 40 on Tuesday morning received quite a scare after she lost control and plummeted about 50 feet into a ditch.
PJ Welch-Ward, a nearby resident, told Sky-Hi News she came upon the scene at around 9 a.m. and offered the vehicle’s sole occupant, a Granby woman, the warmth of her vehicle as they waited for the scene to clear.
While Ward said she did not witness the incident, she said the woman explained that a van had pulled out in front of her from the entrance to Snow Mountain Ranch while the woman was traveling east toward Tabernash, and she lost control due to icy conditions. Her car launched off the south side of the road and landed down an embankment, about 50 feet below.
Ward was told by the woman that the driver of the van stopped to render aid, as did another witness, before the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol and Grand County EMS arrived to the scene.
“She was visibly shook up,” Ward said of the woman. “I know I am not the only one to worry about this stretch of Highway 40, near the Snow Mountain Ranch intersection, as well as the Highway 40 and County Road 87 intersection, especially during the winter.”
As a concerned resident, Ward suggested guardrails, caution signs, a reduced speed limit or flashing lights are necessary in the area.
“It is near impossible to pull out onto Highway 40 from County Road 87 in either direction without vehicles traveling at 65 mph behind you, without warning,” she explained.