Accidents cause injury, damage

Emergency crews blame a brief snowstorm and icy roads for a string of accidents, including one that involved a Moffat County sheriff's deputy, in the morning and early afternoon Sunday.

Crews responded at about 11:20 a.m. Sunday to a four-vehicle accident on Pershing Street, on the curve where Victory Way becomes Fourth Street, in front of Family Dollar.

The first accident occurred when David Relaford, driving a white Saturn wagon, struck concrete barriers along the left side of the turn, causing damage to the front of his car and tearing the front bumper off the vehicle.

Shortly after, Elmer Hering, driving a gray and blue truck, had similar trouble. His truck sustained minimal damage to the driver side of the front bumper.

Moffat County Sheriff's Deputy Courtland Folks pulled over on the left side of the one-way curve to assist. He was about to return to his vehicle and move it farther off the road when a gray Buick LeSabre, driven by Janis Brown, rear-ended the truck.

"We knew there was no way we were going to be able (to stop)," said Carol Stewart, Brown's stepdaughter and a passenger in the Buick.

Emergency Medical Service crews transported Brown to The Memorial Hospital for minor injuries that Stewart said were mostly from the vehicle's airbags deploying.

"It could have been a lot worse," Stewart said. "I'm very thankful. We can fix a car."

Soon after, at about 12:40 p.m. Sunday, crews responded to another accident on West First Street.

An unidentified female driver of a white Mercury Mountaineer swerved off the north side of the road, through a chain-link fence and into the rear of a Cedar Mountain Village mobile home, at 111 Circle Drive.

The driver was transported to The Memorial Hospital.

The vehicle struck the gas meter and broke a 1-inch gas line. Craig Fire/Rescue crews shut off the gas line before Atmos Energy crews' arrival, Fire Chief Chris Nichols said.

Firefighters then used gas-monitoring equipment to test accumulations of gas in surrounding homes to gauge the likelihood of an explosion. Nichols said the levels were fine, and the mobile-home owners returned to their house.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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