Trooper who rolled car out of TMH

A Colorado State Patrol trooper who rolled his patrol car while on duty Wednesday night was released from the hospital.

Trooper Marty Smith was responding to a rollover a few miles east of Craig on U.S. Highway 40 at about 9:30 p.m. when he rolled his vehicle down an embankment while attempting to avoid deer crossing the road. Smith was transferred by ambulance to The Memorial Hospital for cuts to his head and arms. He was released at about midnight.

Smith pulled himself out of the vehicle and called 911, said Sgt. Gary Meirose of the Colorado State Patrol. The car rolled twice and landed on its wheels.

Meirose said that Smith probably wouldn't be issued a careless driving ticket because the trooper was responding to an accident. Smith was responding to a one-vehicle rollover that had trapped two occupants upside down in their vehicle, which had landed in standing water.

Meirose said that the patrol would notify its captain of the incident. Capt. Brett Williams will make a recommendation to the district's Maj. Michael King.

"If something will be done, it will be internally," Meirose said. Meirose said Smith will probably be off work "for about a week."

Smith has been a trooper for 19 years, serving about half of that time working from the Craig office. He is third in seniority at the regional office.

Meirose said that troopers log thousands of miles each year while patrolling, so their odds of getting into an accident are increased.

"Putting on that many miles increases the chances that it will happen," he said.

Meirose said he was happy to report that Smith should recover soon.

"He was a little disorientated, but he was talking last night," Meirose said of the Thursday's night's accident. "He's doing good."

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