Several people were sent to the hospital Monday as the result of a two-car accident on U.S. Highway 550, just north of
The accident occurred about 12:55 p.m. near the north end of the Iron Horse Inn, 5800 Main Ave. It closed the highway
for about an hour; traffic was rerouted onto County Road 203.
The Colorado State Patrol did not return a phone call Monday evening seeking comment.
According to witnesses, the driver of a Subaru Legacy was headed southbound when he crossed the center line and
sideswiped a Toyota Highlander traveling northbound.
The Legacy continued southbound and off a 15-foot embankment on the east side of the roadway. The driver appeared to be
shaken up, but he avoided serious injury.
Four people were inside the Highlander, which rolled and came to rest on the highway. Witnesses said the occupants
inside the Highlander had varying degrees of injury, including broken bones and head trauma.
Their names and medical conditions could not be determined Monday night.
Shaunna Mata of Durango said she was traveling southbound with four children in the car when she saw an explosion of
car parts in front of her.
Out of nowhere, I just saw flying debris," she said. It was just crazy."
Bill Vaughn was traveling northbound when he saw the driver of the Legacy pull out onto the highway, accelerate, drift
over the center line and clip the Highlander. The Highlander tipped up onto its driver's-side wheels, rolled and
It was like a TV roll," he said. The first thing that clicked through my mind is it only takes one second to cause an
accident like this."