Durango police officers responded to a number of collisions, most of them minor, Thursday as Southwest Colorado dealt
with headaches caused by the of latest snowstorm cell, which left 11 inches of snow in Durango as of 5 p.m. with no let
up in sight.
Fortunately, the volume of traffic has been low, said Durango Police Department Capt. Micki Browning. We have not had
to call an accident alert, where officers do not respond to all wrecks. Right now, we are still responding to all
Browning advised drivers to give themselves plenty of room to stop for stop signs and traffic signals and to keep
It's hazardous out there right now. Stay off the roads if possible, but if you do have to drive, drive safely," she
Colorado State Patrol reported a handful of accidents as of Thursday afternoon.
I can say overall that the most problems we've had accident-wise has been in Durango and Cortez involving vehicles
sliding off the roads," said Trooper Doug Wiersma.
At 11:10 a.m. Thursday 40-year-old Durango resident Victor Laris' 2007 Ford Ranger slid off Airpark Drive and went 87
feet down an embankment, rolling at least once, pinning Laris under the vehicle.
He was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for moderate injuries. Laris was charged with
It's been a busy couple of days," Wiersma said.
He cited the primary cause of accidents as drivers going too fast for conditions.
The State Patrol, he said, would not hesitate to write tickets to drivers going the speed limit, but nonetheless, too
fast for conditions.
Don't follow too close leave six seconds between you and the car ahead of you, and don't be overconfident about
four-wheel drive," he said. We see more four-wheel drive vehicles in ditches than we do two-wheel drive."
Patrick Young is an intern at The Durango Herald.