Accidents pile up on a wet Wednesday

Thirteen traffic mishaps keep officers busy

Spring snowstorms made for a chaotic Wednesday on area roads as the Colorado State Patrol handled 13 traffic accidents -- six of them rollovers -- between Routt and Moffat counties.

Two Craig men remain hospitalized from injuries suffered in separate accidents.

Zach Bergstrom, 18, suffered pelvic and lower back fractures in a one-car accident at 8:45 a.m. two miles south of the city on Moffat County Road 107 near Tri State Generation.

Bergstrom, who was southbound, lost control of his 1998 Dodge Avenger, which went off the east side of the road before moving down an embankment, rolling once and striking a fence, according Capt. Gary Torgerson, commander of the Craig-based Troop 4-B of the Colorado State Patrol.

" He was wearing a seatbelt, which probably saved him," he said.

The accident closed the road for about 20 minutes as Craig Fire and ambulance crews removed Bergstrom from the car.

An investigation into the accident continues, Torgerson said.

Bergstrom was listed in fair condition Thursday morning at The Memorial Hospital.

Another Craig man, 18-year-old Indolfo Corral, suffered head injuries when his GMC Suburban slid off Highway 40, near milepost 112 five miles east of Hayden.

Corral, driving on a northward curve, veered off the right side of the highway and struck a delineator post, before moving back on the road and rolling twice.

Corral was taken by ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition this morning.

Two people were killed in unrelated traffic accidents last weekend on wet area roads hit by quick-moving snowstorms.

"Roads are slick, water is pooling in spots and people are going too fast for conditions," Torgerson said. " If you're driving at the speed limit you're probably going too fast for these conditions."

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

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