Auto accident saga at Vail Pass ends happily with turtle rescue |

Auto accident saga at Vail Pass ends happily with turtle rescue

A Sunday morning auto accident on Vail Pass ended happily when Vail firefighters returned to the accident scene to find this turtle, after a youngster said he's lost it. The turtle was found, frozen, but 30 minutes in the sun put it right.

VAIL — Emergency service workers even saved the turtle after a Sunday morning auto accident on Vail Pass, according to a social media post by Eagle County Paramedic Services.

About 9:30 a.m., Eagle County Paramedic Services, Vail Fire Department and Colorado State Patrol responded to a car accident on Vail Pass.

After all patients had been treated and transported to Vail Valley Medical Center, one of the youngest patients informed paramedics he had lost his pet turtle (named Turtle) during the accident.

After learning a reptilian patient had been left behind, crews sprung into action to find the missing pet.

After a brief search, Vail Fire miraculously located Turtle, now frozen solid due to the incredibly cold morning temperatures.

However, advanced cardiac life support teaches us that you aren’t dead until you’re warm and dead.

After setting Turtle in the sun for 30 minutes, it sprung back to life, seemingly no worse for wear after his chilly adventure, and was reunited with his very happy owner.

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