Accidents, fires keep officials busy |

Accidents, fires keep officials busy

Staff report

A rollover accident on Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig shut down both lanes of traffic for about 35 minutes Sunday morning.

Crews from Craig Fire/Rescue, The Memorial Hospital ambulance service, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol responded to the accident at about 9:30 a.m.

The State Patrol said a man driving an SUV with Idaho plates rolled his vehicle three times and landed on the wheels at the bottom of an embankment near mile marker 113.

Fire crews had to cut the car’s door off to get the victim and use a pulley system to get the stretcher to the ambulance.

Nichols said the victim had injuries to his head and possibly internal injuries. He was taken to The Memorial Hospital.

Truck hits biker

A Craig man was hit by a truck early Saturday morning on Highway 13 just north of the middle school. The accident occurred at about 12:45 a.m.

Deputy Fire Chief Bill Johnston was en route to an all-terrain vehicle accident in the Wilderness Ranch area when responding fire crews noticed a man and a bicycle on the west shoulder of the road.

“I notified dispatch about what we had, we began an initial assessment and began to administer emergency care for an apparent head injury,” Johnston said.

According to Craig Police Officer Alvin Luker, Shane Aramand Arredondo, 36, of Craig, was heading northbound on the southbound side of the road when he was hit by a truck heading south. The truck’s side mirror hit Arredondo in the face, causing injuries to his face and head.

Witnesses who live nearby said they heard tires squealing and a crash at about 12:25 a.m.

Arredondo was transported to The Memorial Hospital and released later Saturday.

Luker said Sunday he had some indication that alcohol may have been involved but still had to interview the driver of the truck and the bicyclist.

No charges have been filed.

Man crashes ATV

Two firefighters from Craig Fire/Rescue responded to assist The Memorial Hospital ambulance service with an ATV rollover accident with injuries early Saturday morning.

The accident happened at about 12:30 a.m. near Routt Forest Drive in Wilderness Ranch, approximately 30 miles north of Craig.

“There was a firefighter on scene ahead of the ambulance and fire truck,” Craig Fire/Rescue Captain Dennis Jones said. “He lives near the area and is an EMT Basic.”

When fire crews arrived, the patient, James Kelly, 40, of Craig was lying beside the ATV, Jones said. How Kelly fell is unknown, Jones said.

Kelly was transported to The Memorial Hospital and transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction where he remained in serious condition Sunday.

Fire burns 5 acres

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Craig Fire/Rescue responded to County Road 17 near Lay for a grass fire that burned approximately five acres. “The fire was a controlled burn that got out of control,” Craig Fire/Rescue Captain Dennis Jones said. “We assisted the BLM in anchoring the fire.”

Because the call was outside of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District, the owner of the property can be billed for the services. “We assisted the BLM with what they needed, but we tried to work quickly and return to the district,” Jones said. A tanker from Bethell Trucking was also on scene when Craig Fire/Rescue arrived.

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