Rio Blanco on Patrol: June 8-22

RBC I The following information is a weekly review of the calls for service that were reported to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office. If you have any questions or would like an explanation of the call types listed please make a comment on this posting. We will not release any information as to the […]

Highway 13 crash traps pregnant woman; mother, baby doing well

On Friday afternoon, about 5 miles south of Meeker on Highway 13, Andrew Lawrence, 24, of Meeker and his 24-year-old wife, Brittany Walsh, who was driving in slushy and wet roads, drove off Highway 13, rolling to a stop at the bottom of a steep ravine. Lawrence was unhurt, but Walsh was trapped in the SUV and had to be extricated. She was taken to Meeker’s Pioneers Medical Center then airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Walsh, in her eighth month of pregnancy, gave birth to Scarlett Rose Lawrence, who weighed 5 pounds and 10 ounces. Mother and daughter are reported to be doing fine and are in good shape. Above, Walsh is loaded into the ambulance at the accident scene by Meeker EMTs.

MEEKER I On Friday at about 3 p.m., a rainy and slushy spring storm asserted itself, allegedly causing a medium-sized SUV to leave the road and roll over into a deep ravine on the side of Highway 13, just south of Meeker. Of the two occupants, a pregnant woman was trapped in the vehicle.

Man dies from gunshot wound

RANGELY I A Rangely area man died following an accidental gunshot wound Thursday afternoon, according to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office.

Meeker man, 19, killed in Hwy. 64 crash

MEEKER I A Meeker man was killed early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle accident along Highway 64 between Rangely and Meeker, the public information officer of the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) released Monday morning.

Speed, ice cause several Rangely-area accidents

RANGELY I Three weather-related accidents in fewer than 24 hours caused damage to vehicles and injury to some occupants during the first substantial snowfall of the season Dec. 25 and 26.

Four cattle die as result of rollover on County Road 7

Friends and neighbors help cut through the top of this cattle-filled truck after the rollover on Dec. 2 on County Road 7 west of Meeker. One cow was killed outright in the rollover accident and injuries resulted in the euthanization of three other animals.

MEEKER I Just before noon on Dec. 2, a cattle truck carrying 76 head of cattle purchased from Buffalo Horn Ranch overturned on a curve at the 11-mile marker of County Road 7, killing one steer outright and injuring several others.

Speed not a factor in crash that injured five

MEEKER I Excessive speed was not a factor in the Nov. 19 single-vehicle rollover accident that injured five Meeker-area teenagers and young adults just west of Meeker.

Five Meekerites injured in Hwy. 64 rollover accident

Skid marks indicate the route a Ford Explorer took off of eastbound Highway 64 on the afternoon of Nov. 19, leading to the injury of five Meeker residents. According to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, the car left the pavement, did a twist of 180 degrees as it left the roadway, then rolled two and half times, coming to a stop on its roof, 85 feet off Highway 64. Four passengers were airlifted to Grand Junction, one was hospitalized in Meeker. According to the county sheriff’s office, the incident is still under investigation.

MEEKER I Five Meeker-area teenagers and young adults were critically or seriously injured Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover just west of Meeker, causing four of the five injured to be airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Rangely man dies in tractor accident while plowing drive

RANGELY I A 60-year-old Rangely man was killed in a single vehicle accident on Dec. 4, when the farm tractor he was using to plow his neighbor’s driveway slid, rolled over and pinned the man underneath.

3 accidents on Hwy. 64

RANGELY I Three single-vehicle accidents have taken place in a six-mile stretch of Highway 64 in the last week and a half.

Close call…

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A truck was towed to Northwest Auto after a 1,000 pound drill head fell off a flatbed traveling east on Highway 64 and went completely through the pictured truck, owned by Lufkin Industries and driven by Justin Larson 28, of Vernal, Utah.

Accident claims life of Rangely toddler

RANGELY I A tragic accident claimed the life of a 17-month-old Rangely toddler late Sunday afternoon.