Rollover Crash Injures 5 in Rio Blanco County

RIO-BLANCO-COUNTY-SHERIFF-3Yesterday afternoon, the Rio Blanco Communications Center was notified of a one-car rollover crash about four and a half miles west of Meeker on State Highway 64 with multiple victims being injured. The first Deputy to arrive found one occupant had been ejected, the driver was partially ejected and the other three passengers had climbed out of the vehicle on their own. The vehicle, a Ford Explorer, was on its roof, 85 feet south of the roadway in a field. The driver of the vehicle had lost control, swerved, overcorrected and then spun around before leaving the highway. It rolled two and ½ times before coming to rest. All five occupants were transported by Meeker Fire & Rescue Ambulances to Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker for treatment. The driver and three passengers were then flown to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction for additional treatment. The 5th occupant is still being evaluated at Pioneers Medical Center. All 5 are reported to have critical or serious injuries. All five live in Meeker and range in age from 16 to 21. Names are not yet being released until it has been confirmed that all family members are notified. The crash is being investigated by the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office and is still on-going.

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