OURAY – An elderly female was air-lifted to a Grand Junction hospital after being involved in a two-passenger all-terrain vehicle rollover accident near the top
The woman, who was described by witnesses as to have been in her early 70s, was brought off the mountain in the back of a Ouray County EMS SUV and was flown to Grand Junction via a Care-Flight helicopter around 3:30 p.m. The accident happened around ; the extent of her injuries was not immediately known other than she reportedly lost consciousness. It was unclear if she was wearing a helmet.
“I got there five minutes after it happened,” said off-roader Tom Voelz of
Voelz said he was the third passer-by on-scene and stayed roughly an hour after the accident happened.
He also said the male companion was injured “holding his ribs and left wrist.” It’s unclear if the man, who Voelz thought was the driver of the ATV, was transported to a hospital.
According to Voelz, the accident occurred near the top of the pass on a steep, rock-faced incline section of the road. The ATV rolled backwards and “landed in a snowfield a ways down,” Voelz said.
Responding were the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team,
Further updates on this accident will be posted when they become available.