Man hospitalized after crash into Ten Mile Creek |

Man hospitalized after crash into Ten Mile Creek

SUMMIT COUNTY – A Denver man was taken to the hospital with head wounds after he rolled his car three times, crashed through the guardrail and dropped into Ten Mile Creek on Thursday evening, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Martin Plakorus. Forty-nine-year-old Russell James was driving eastbound on Interstate 70 at about 7 p.m. when he ran off the road near exit 198, close to Officer’s Gulch, said Plakorus.He said James took out 13 feet of the guardrail, went airborne for 40 feet, then tumbled another 77 feet before he hit the river and rolled another 30 feet.The Copper Mountain Fire Department extricated James from his vehicle, then took him to Summit Medical Center, where he was stabilized and transferred by ambulance to St. Anthony’s in Denver.Plakorus said alcohol was involved in this accident, although he’s not sure how much. He also said the roads were dry Thursday evening, and there were no signs of James braking after going out of control.- Nicole Formosa

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