Craig woman in critical condition after two-vehicle accident

Officials from The Memorial Hospital said a Craig woman was in critical condition Wednesday after suffering injuries in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Colorado Highway 40 and Moffat County Road 212.

The Colorado State Patrol identified the woman as Annette McCurdy.

The accident occurred about 7:50 a.m. Wednesday. A car driven by McCurdy traveled off County Road 212 onto Highway 40 and into the path of a westbound full-sized truck driven by Craig resident Leo Duran, the State Patrol reported.

After impact both vehicles traveled off the left side of the roadway and down an embankment. McCurdy, Duran and two other passengers in Duran's vehicle were transported to TMH for treatment.

Hospital spokeswoman Pam Thompson said she could release only limited information about the patients transported to TMH. She said one passenger was upgraded from serious to stable condition, another was treated and released and a fourth was released from care at the scene of the accident.

Later on Wednesday, Mc-Curdy was flown from TMH to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

K.C. Hume, of Craig Fire/Rescue, said firefighters had to cut through McCurdy's vehicle.

"There was some extrication needed to allow for patient access," Hume said.

Seatbelts were used in both vehicles, the Colorado State Patrol reported. Alcohol was not suspected as a cause of the accident, the state patrol said.

Capt. Brett Williams said the state patrol determined the cause of the accident was McCurdy's vehicle leaving the roadway. An investigation into the accident isn't needed, he said.

"It's pretty much wrapped up," he said. "It was a pretty bad accident, but pretty simple as far as an investigation goes."

Williams said the state patrol will wait to speak with McCurdy before deciding on citations.

"When someone is hurt, the last thing we want to do is staple a ticket to their hospital gown," he said.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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