Rollover sends 3 to hospital

Saturday crash injures teens, damages property

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— A Craig couple's quiet evening at home was disrupted Saturday night by the sounds of an out-of-control car sheering a front-yard fire hydrant and crashing through a chain-link fence.

"We just got through watching the Rockies get beat," said Gary Shepard, who lives at 1290 Washington St., "and heard a noise. : We knew what happened just by the sound of it. We've been expecting something like this to happen for a long time."

He said motorists have a tendency to speed in his neighborhood.

Craig Fire/Rescue and the Craig Police Department responded to a report of a rollover accident about 11 p.m. Three teenagers - two 17-year-old females and a 16-year-old male - were riding in the car.

The passengers were transported to The Memorial Hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries. They were released Sunday morning, TMH spokeswoman Samantha Johnston said.

Officers from the Craig Police Department could not be reached Sunday for comment on the vehicle's speed or the cause behind the crash.

The car, which was totaled, crashed through a fire hydrant, corner of the fence and stopped a few feet short of colliding with Shepard's garage. The vehicle was found lying on its top, Fire Chief Chris Nichols said.

Shepard said he believed slick wire mounted to the top of his fence - a precaution to keep deer out - slowed the vehicle enough to keep it from hitting the garage and causing more damage.

"It was awful close," he said. "A few more feet and it would have" hit the garage.

Shepard said he was more concerned Saturday night with the conditions of the car's passengers rather than the damage his property sustained.

"The main thing was they weren't hurt worse," he said. "That's what I was worried about more than anything."

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

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