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Snowstorms cause crashes across Valley

Posted: Thursday, Feb 21st, 2013




VALLEY — The winter storm pounding Colorado kept San Luis Valley Colorado State Patrol Troopers busy on Wednesday with multiple crashes.



CSP involved in crash

At approximately 7:30 a.m., Trooper Steven Johnson was eastbound on Colorado 160 near Mile Post 243 in Alamosa County, about 10 miles east of Alamosa, when a 17-year-old man failed to yield to the right-of-way and pulled in front of his patrol car, according to a CSP press release. Investigation revealed Jonathon Hamilton, Alamosa, was driving northbound on Foothills Blvd, stopped at the stop sign and then turned left onto Colorado 160 in his 2005 Dodge Caravan. The front of the Trooper’s patrol car collided with the left front of the Dodge. Both vehicles were considered a total loss.

Alamosa EMS treated Hamilton and his sister, Emily Hamilton, 16, at the scene for cuts and bumps, according to the press release. Trooper Johnson was also treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Hamilton was cited for failing to yield to the right-of-way when proceeding from a stop sign, according to the press release. All involved were wearing seatbelts, which helped reduce the extent of injuries.



Ambulance collides with fire truck

At approximately 1:48 p.m., Conejos EMS and the Antonito Fire Department (AFD) were checking on a vehicle that had slid off the road on Colorado 285 near milepost 9. Thomas Mastor, 57, Ranchos de Taos, N.M., was northbound on Colorado 285 driving a 2007 Nissan pickup, and traveling too fast for conditions, according to the press release. He lost control and ran into the rear of the ambulance. The Nissan then traveled across the road and collided head-on with an AFD truck parked on the shoulder.

Amanda Abeyta, 20, a passenger in the ambulance, was transported to Conejos County Hospital for her injuries, which were undefined, according to the press release. The driver of the ambulance, Ernest Abeyta, 25, Manassa, was uninjured. The driver of the fire truck, Michael Abeyta, 24, Manassa, was also uninjured. Mastor was not injured, but was cited for Careless Driving resulting in injury.

The CSP reminds all driers to slow down when approaching emergency equipment.



Other Crashes

Over the course of the day, Troopers responded to eight other crashes across the San Luis Valley as well as numerous vehicles that slid off the road, according to the press release. Most were preventable by slowing down for the road conditions.














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