At least 2 Summit County teenagers injured in crash on Colorado Highway 9 in Frisco on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 31 |

At least 2 Summit County teenagers injured in crash on Colorado Highway 9 in Frisco on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 31

The three-vehicle crash involved four teenagers who were all transported to the hospital.

An emergency responder approaches the wreckage of a vehicle involved in a crash Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023 that resulted in four teenagers being hospitalized.
Summit Fire & EMS/Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify what kind of injuries some of the passengers had. This story will be updated as more information is received.

Emergency responders transported four teenagers — three with minor injuries — to the hospital Tuesday, Jan. 31, after a crash on Colorado Highway 9, according to Summit Fire & EMS. One of the teenagers was not injured and hospitalized for observation only.

The three-vehicle crash occurred around 3:50 p.m., when a 17-year-old Frisco girl driving a Pontiac G6 lost control of the vehicle while driving north near Mile Marker 94, Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper Gary Cutler said Wednesday. Mile Marker 94 is within the stretch of highway between the Frisco Adventure Park and Summit High School. The three other teenagers were passengers in the car.

The vehicle slid into the median before going airborne into the southbound lane of traffic and colliding with a Jeep Wrangler, Cutler said. A southbound Toyota Tacoma then collided with the Jeep, he said.

The passengers of the Pontiac included a 17-year-old Silverthorne boy who received a serious-bodily-injury classification, a 16-year-old Frisco boy and a 16-year-old Silverthorne boy, according to State Patrol.

Cutler said at least one other teenager had a serious-bodily-injury classification, but he did not know which one.

He clarified later in the day that State Patrol differentiates “serious bodily injury” from “serious injuries.” While serious injuries could mean that a person had to be held in the Intensive Care Unit overnight, serious bodily injury means only that the injured person is unable to use body parts — even temporarily — that they had been able to before the crash, Cutler said. Serious bodily injury, therefore, could be as minor as a broken finger, he said, or abrasions that made a person’s arm hard to move. He noted these as examples only.

The teenagers were transported in two ambulances to St. Anthony Summit Hospital, according to Summit Fire & EMS spokesperson Steve Lipsher. He said the crash occurred in “very slick conditions.” The road was closed for a period of time due to the collision.

A 22-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man were involved in the crash, according to Cutler. He did not know which vehicles these people were driving.

St. Anthony Summit Hospital received five patients who were involved in the crash, according to Brent Boyer a spokesperson for the hospital. Four of the five were treated and released and the fifth was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Boyer said. He could not expand upon which patients were released or why the fifth was transported to another hospital.

The driver of the Pontiac received a traffic summons, Cutler said, but he did not know what for.

The crash remains under investigation. State Patrol does not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved, Cutler said.

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