Local couple hospitalized after car accident

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An elderly Craig couple suffered serious injuries as the result of a rollover accident in their vehicle Wednesday morning.

Wallace Glantz, 82, and Marietta Glantz, 86, suffered multiple injuries when the 2000 Ford Lincoln that Wallace was driving southbound ran off the right side of the road about 20 miles south of Craig on Colorado Highway 13.

The vehicle rolled end over end, landing upside down on top of a fence post, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Gary Kendall said. Wallace is in critical condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He suffered head damage and broken bones in his face and hips.

Marietta is listed in serious condition after she broke her sternum, back and some ribs. She is undergoing surgery at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

The couple was transported in separate ambulances to The Memorial Hospital. Wallace later was flown to the Grand Junction hospital.

Kendall said the cause of the accident was unknown, but it appears that the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

The couple recently had moved back to Craig after living in Grand Junction for about 20 years, Pam Thompson said of her grandparents.

"They're hanging in there," she said. "We're hoping for the best."

Years ago, Marietta owned and operated two women's clothing stores in Craig, including La Maison Chic. Wallace had served as the city's building inspector, Thompson said.

She said her grandparents had been back in Craig for about a month before the accident.

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or ahatten@craigdailypress.com.

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