Husband, wife injured after fall from pickup during GOWD |

Husband, wife injured after fall from pickup during GOWD

Ryan Sheridan

Jeffery Duncan, 22, and his wife Sarah, 21, were seriously injured after falling from the bed of a pickup truck on Sunday evening. The accident occurred just south of U.S. Highway 40 on Bellaire Street in Craig.

The Duncans were riding on the tailgate of the truck, and were thrown when the truck accelerated abruptly after having stopped for traffic.

“Sarah Duncan suffered a broken arm, and her husband suffered extensive head injuries,” Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brad Keadle of Station 4B said.

Jeff Duncan was taken by Flight for Life to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction early Monday morning, he said.

“We’re not sure yet what happened,” Keadle said. “The final report from the trooper who covered the scene hasn’t been turned in.”

The driver of the truck, Christopher M. Hartung, 18, was cited for careless driving causing injury.

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Other than this accident, the Memorial Day weekend was fairly calm.

“This weekend was basically pretty easy. Our station covers five counties: Grand, Jackson, Rio Blanco, Routt and Moffat county. And in all that area, we only had five DUIs and one alcohol-related accidents, along with numerous other small things,” Keadle said. “But overall, we had a pretty good weekend.”

The Craig Police Department handled a normal amount of activity for the Memorial Day weekend, according to Capt. Jerry Delong.

“We had only one DUI, but with the state police handling traffic duties, that’s to be expected,” he said.

Other than the accident involving the couple, every other situation the police dealt with was fairly routine, Delong said.

Statewide, the Colorado State Patrol made 31 DUI arrests in counties participating in The Heat Is On campaign.

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