Young girl hurt in crash Saturday in good condition

— A 5-year-old girl who was rushed to a Denver hospital Saturday afternoon after suffering serious injuries in a two-car crash on Routt County Road 55 was recovering and in good condition Sunday, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said Children’s Hospital in Denver reported the girl was in good condition and could have been released as early as Sunday.

The girl was injured in a crash that occurred at about 1 p.m. Saturday. Elliott said she was riding in a 2001 Subaru Outback driven by her father, Hayden resident Tanner Copeland, when the Outback struck a 2000 Ford F350 pickup driven by Craig resident Kenneth Nachtman. According to the State Patrol, Copeland was south on C.R. 55 when he slid into the northbound lanes while entering a curve to the right. Copeland’s Subaru struck the left side of the truck.

The State Patrol said the county road was slushy and muddy at the time of the accident.

Copeland sustained minor injuries, as did his 3-year-old son who was in a child safety seat. His daughter was in a child booster seat and sustained serious injuries, and she eventually was transported to Children’s Hospital in Denver, according to a State Patrol news release.

None of the pickup’s occupants were injured.

The crash still is under investigation. State Patrol troopers do not think drugs or alcohol played any role in the accident. Copeland was issued a summons for careless driving causing bodily injury.

Troopers stressed the importance of driving slowly on snowy, icy and slushy roads, as well as wearing seatbelts and ensuring that child safety seats are properly secured.

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