Tragedy avoided in rollover accident near Wyoming border in Moffat County |

Tragedy avoided in rollover accident near Wyoming border in Moffat County

Proper use of safety restraints was an important factor in a Tuesday afternoon rollover accident near the Wyoming border on Colorado Highway 13.

“After all the accidents we have had here in recent memory with injuries or fatalities, here we have one where everyone was properly restrained, and the injuries to everybody are pretty minor compared to the significance of the accident,” Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Brian Bagley said.

The accident involved a Chevrolet SUV with Arizona tags towing a utility trailer. Two adults and four juveniles were in the vehicle.

Bagley said strong wind gusts and an inexperienced driver are what cause the rollover.

“Basically, a wind gust caught it where that utility trailer started to sway and the driver just couldn’t control that,” he said. “He ended up going off the road, couldn’t recover from it and then, it rolled over.”

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The driver was a juvenile who was driving legally and couldn’t be blamed for the wreck, Bagley said.

All the individuals involved in the accident were transported by The Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services with minor injuries.

Other responding agencies include Craig Fire/Rescue and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. There is no ongoing investigation into the accident.

Bagley said it could have been a much different situation had the occupants not been wearing their safety belts.

“The injuries were absolutely, no doubt, reduced in their severity because everybody was properly restrained,” he said.

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