Four people injured in two-car accident

A two-car accident west of Craig on U.S. Highway 40 sent four people to The Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon.

Ruth Bell, 25, of Craig, was treated at the hospital for a broken collarbone, as well as her two children, who suffered lacerations. Kimberly Porter, 39, of Roosevelt, Utah, was treated for a sore back.

All four were treated and released on Monday, according to the hospital.

Witnesses said a west-bound truck attempted to pass another vehicle to the left, when the vehicle in front turned in that direction, attempting to get on Moffat County Road 174 southbound about four miles west of the city.

The Dodge Ram 2500 truck, driven by Porter, slammed into the driver's side of Bell's Dodge minivan and the two vehicles careened off the south side of the highway into a ditch, roughly 100 feet from impact, said Sgt. John Lupton, a Colorado State Patrol trooper.

Craig Fire and Rescue personnel cut through two front posts on the minivan in order to reach Bell, who was pinned for about 20 minutes beneath the car's dash board. Bell, according to Craig Fire and Rescue personnel, complained of chest and leg pains.

Porter's Dodge Ram had seven to eight Doberman pinschers between the truck's cab and bed. Animal control officers were called to the scene.

"There's one trained attack dog left in the truck," Roy Mason, Craig Fire and Rescue chief, said after the accident.

A friend of Porter's from Steamboat Springs trained to handle the animal was also called to scene.

Lupton said the accident remains under investigation, and it's too early to say whether charges would be filed. Porter's truck crossed yellow lines in the attempted pass moving onto the two-lane southbound side of the highway. Lupton said he couldn't confirm whether or not the minivan had signaled prior to the left turn.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com

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