A serious traffic accident on Tuesday sent a Craig resident to the intensive care unit at St. Mary's Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo. Tatum Hart suffered severe head injuries and was critically injured after a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 25 near Pueblo.
According to Colorado State Patrol (CSP) trooper Laurie Hadley, the accident occurred about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday as Hart was driving in the southbound lanes of Interstate 25. Hart apparently lost control of her early 1990s Ford Probe and drove across the median and through the northbound lanes before ending upside down in the adjacent ditch. Her vehicle appeared to have rolled 1 1/2 times.
Witnesses to the accident, who were traveling 65 mph in a 75 mph zone, reported Hart had passed them in the passing lane of the two southbound lanes. After the pass, the back end of Hart's car began to weave before going out of control and crossing the median. According to Hadley, the vehicle is probably totaled and debris from the vehicle was strewn along the path of the car.
CSP does not believe Hart was speeding and the cause of the accident is unknown at this time.
After the accident, Hart was taken to St. Mary's Corwin Medical Center where she underwent surgery. According to her parents, John and Phyllis Hart, as of Wednesday afternoon Hart is holding her own but in serious condition in the intensive care unit.
Hart is a 1998 graduate of Moffat County High School and her parents want to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers during this difficult time. They request that no flowers be sent because flowers are not allowed in the intensive care unit.