OURAY COUNTY – Emergency responders had a busy day on Tuesday, Aug. 13, responding to two separate incidents in the mountains above Ouray.
The first incident happened at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. According to Ouray County Sheriff Dominic “Junior” Mattivi, a Waste Management garbage truck plunged over the edge of the Camp Bird Road, about two miles above Ouray near the Hayden Chalet subdivision and the Harris Bridge.
Mattivi said that the truck driver had pulled over to the side of the road to let traffic pass, and the shoulder gave way, causing the vehicle to roll several times down a 45-degree wooded slope.
The driver was able to get himself out of the vehicle, but was too hurt to get back up the slope.
The Ouray Mountain Rescue Team responded to the scene, and conducted a short, moderate-angle litter evacuation to County Road 361, where the victim was handed off to a waiting Ouray County Emergency Medical Service ambulance and transported to Montrose Memorial Hospital.
“He was conscious and did have some pain, but seemed to be okay,” said OMRT Captain Tim Pasek.
Later that day, county officials responded to an ATV accident about two miles up Engineer Pass from Highway 550.
According to Mattivi, a grandfather and his 13-year-old granddaughter were riding together on an all-terrain vehicle when the accident occurred. The girl was thrown off the ATV, but the vehicle rolled over the grandfather, injuring his hip.
Remarkably, he was able to get back on the ATV and drive himself back down to Highway 550 and awaiting OCEMS personnel.
“It was a crazy day,” Mattivi said.
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