Single-vehicle crash sends 2 to hospital |

Single-vehicle crash sends 2 to hospital

Craig Fire/Rescue members examine the aftermath of a Friday rollover crash.
Andy Bockelman/staff

A single-vehicle crash at the eastern end of Moffat County sent two to the hospital Friday, Nov. 17.

An eastbound car rolled off U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 94 about 3:30 p.m. as snow began to overtake Northwest Colorado. The vehicle skidded off the right side of the road, rolled and came to a stop upside-down on a fence near Wyman Living History Museum.

First responders included Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Craig Fire/Rescue. The driver and one passenger were removed from the car and transported to Memorial Regional Health.

Responders confirmed both parties had minor injuries and have yet to determine if there were any other factors contributing to the crash.

Vehicle rolls over north of Hamilton

A single-vehicle rollover on Colorado Highway 13 sent three people to the hospital Sunday, Nov. 19.

The crash took place near mile marker 75, north of Hamilton.

Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol were on the scene, as well as personnel from Memorial Regional Health, which transported all three occupants, one adult driver and two juveniles.

None of the occupants was seriously injured.

“That was done purely as a precaution,” said Cpl. Brian Bagley, with State Patrol.

Bagley said the driver, Carlos Tarango, of Hayden, fell asleep at the wheel as he was driving a 2004 Ford Taurus southbound. He then veered off the left side of the road and hit the embankment, which caused the vehicle to flip back onto the roadwat.

Tarango was wearing a seat belt, and the two children in the car were each strapped into child safety seats.

“Everybody was wearing what they were supposed to,” Bagley said. “It could have been a lot worse, because it had that potential.”

The highway was briefly limited to one lane as responders cleared the accident site.

Library to close for Thanksgiving holiday

Moffat County Libraries will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will re-open at 10:30

a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.

Police seek help locating suspect

The Craig Police Department is asking for help in locating Ezequiel Chavez, 20, who is wanted for failure to appear for traffic and fraud charges.

Ezequiel Chavez

Chavez is a white male, approximately five feet 11, inches tall and 198 pounds. He has green eyes and black hair.

The police warn the public not to attempt to approach or apprehend this individual. Contact the Craig Police Department at 970-826-2360 with any information about this fugitive’s location.

Christmas clothing, holiday decorations available

Christmas clothing at holiday decorations are now available at Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center.

“We have been given quite a few beautiful Christmas decorations that we want to pass on to our moms and dads,” said Director Victoria Van Couvering, in a news release. “They are free to anyone raising infants and toddlers up to age 5. We also have several articles of Christmas clothing — maternity through toddler sizes.”

Visit the Pregnancy & Family Center, 25 W. Victory Way (next to the pet store), between 3 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays and between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information, call 970-824-5204.

Thanksgiving DUI enforcement underway

As Thanksgiving motorists flock to Colorado roads to celebrate with friends and family, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol statewide law enforcement agencies will ramp up DUI enforcement efforts to keep Colorado roads safe from impaired drivers.

Beginning today and continuing through Monday, Nov. 27, 111 agencies will participate in the campaign, which could include checkpoints, saturation patrols or an increased number of patrols.

The effort is part of CDOT’s ongoing The Heat Is On campaign to enforce Colorado DUI and DWAI laws to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by impaired drivers in Colorado. Last year, 101 law enforcement agencies arrested 522 impaired drivers during the same 10-day enforcement period.

“We know Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and celebration, but we want Colorado’s residents and holiday guests to understand that impaired driving will not be tolerated,” said Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT, in a news release. “Make a plan. If you’re going to drink at all, arrange a sober ride home. Otherwise, you put yourself and others at risk.”

There are several options available for those who need to find a sober ride home. Ride-hailing services like Lyft, Uber and zTrip connect users directly with a nearby driver. Public transportation is also available across the state.

“CSP and local agencies will be active in tracking down as many impaired drivers as possible during this enforcement period,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “We urge people to wear seat belts, travel safely and consume responsibly. Many people don’t understand that even small amounts of alcohol or marijuana can be dangerous. One irresponsible decision can impact the lives of many.”

Police warn residents of postal scam

The Craig Police Department is warning residents to beware of the latest scam hitting area mailboxes.

The scam involves receipt of Priority Mail envelopes from BLB Delivery containing cashier’s checks made out to the addressee, with instructions to deposit the check into their accounts, then carry out an evaluation of a money transfer service, according to a new release from Craig Police Department Captain Bill Leonard.

“This is a scam, and citizens should shred the document and not follow through with the instructions on the letter,” Leonard said in the release.

He also reminded residents that, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Residents are advised to contact local law enforcement agencies about any suspicious mail, emails, texts or phone calls making requests to access to bank accounts, credit cards or other personal identifying information. The Craig Police Department can be reached at 970-824-8111.

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