Colorado State Patrol IDs two fatalities of cliff accident near Kremmling
KREMMLING — Colorado State Patrol has released the identities of two fatalities from a vehicle driven off Trough Road, also called Grand County Road 1, near Inspiration Point, southwest of Kremmling and Colorado Highway 9.
The driver, a 37-year-old male, Toby J. Hargadine of Kremmling, was found dead on the scene after being ejected about 300 feet from the vehicle and the passenger, a 26-year-old female, Crysta L. Berntsen, of Minturn, was found dead still in her seat with the buckle fastened, according to Colorado State Trooper Gary Cutler.
State Patrol continues to work on recovering the vehicle, a Toyota Tundra pickup, from where it landed about 705 feet from the road near mile post 9, according to Lt. Dan Mayer, a spokesperson for the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Mayer estimated that the drop was around 70 or 80 degrees steep.
The car was assumed to have gone off the cliff, which could be as far as 400 yards away from the road, located on the extreme west side of Grand County, overnight Thursday and was seen from the road by a road and bridge worker Friday.
4:19 a.m. On the 900 block of Industrial Avenue, police in Craig responded to a state parks related incident. Craig police said someone was looking around a business with flashlights, but police found the business secure and no crime had been committed.