Moffat County drivers respond well to first snow


Law enforcement representatives called Friday, the first day of snow of the season, a fairly quiet day in Moffat County.

"Routt County saw a six- or seven-car pile up near Milner," Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Gary Meirose said, adding that he did not hear of any major injuries in the crash. "But we got lucky here."

The state patrol did respond to a head-on collision on Colorado Highway 13 south of Hamilton but only minor injuries were reported from that wreck, Meirose said.

Craig/Fire Rescue Chief Roy Mason, who also responded to the wreck on Highway 13, said people need to get back in winter-driving mode.

"We're lucky the wreck happened at slow speeds."

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said there were no accidents reported in the city limits Friday.

"They took the appropriate amount of caution," Vanatta said of motorists.

The officers agreed that drivers need to remember that as the snow falls, their speeds need to decrease.

Slow down as the conditions of the road dictate, Mason said.

Meirose suggested that drivers remember to keep their distance between vehicles because the proximity to vehicles needs to be farther apart during winter months.

"Just be careful," Meirose said. "Go nice and slow and be nice to each other. It's been fairly quiet so far. I hope it continues."

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