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Rocks falling on dam road pose threat to cars, drivers

SUMMIT COUNTY – Spring temperatures bring with them the annual problem of rocks falling on the Dillon Dam Road, a potential hazard that has left many a car with damaged tires and dented body parts.

“To my knowledge, nobody has ever been killed or injured by a falling rock on the dam,” said Summit County Road and Bridge Director John Polhemus. “It could happen. There are some nice, big ones up there waiting their turn.”

Falling rocks have killed motorists on the Georgetown hill and Glenwood Canyon portions of Interstate 70, but Denver Water added screens on the cliffside and jersey barriers along the dam road to help keep rocks from bouncing onto the road. It works, most of the time.

About three weeks ago, a rock measuring about 3 feet by 2 feet jumped the jersey barrier and landed in the road, where a driver hit it. It smashed the bumper of his car, Polhemus said.

But the possibility of a rock falling onto the road or on his car doesn’t deter Polhemus from driving the dam road.

“I just keep my eyes peeled,” he said.

County employees clear the rocks off the road as they fall, and later this summer, they will shut down the dam road to remove fallen rocks from behind the jersey barriers.

Boy stable after Easter accident

FRISCO – A 5-year-old boy who was hit by a car on Main Street in Frisco Sunday has been taken to the Children’s Hospital in Denver with a fractured femur.

The boy, whose name has not been released, was participating in an Easter egg hunt in Frisco when he reportedly ran into the street in front of an oncoming car.

“I spoke with the father today in Chicago, and (the boy is) stable and doing quite well,” Frisco Police Chief Tom Wickman said.

Further details about the incident cannot be released, because it still is under investigation, Wickman said. But “the investigation indicates that it was truly an accident.”

The Easter egg hunt was sponsored by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. This was its second year.

Event and town officials already have begun discussing methods of improving safety at future egg hunts and the annual Halloween Trick or Treat Street, which is co-sponsored by the chamber and the Frisco Historical Society, said Linda Lichtendahl, Frisco’s community relations director.

Ideas include increasing event volunteers to ensure children cross the road safely – children hunt for eggs on both sides of Main Street – or slowing traffic. It might even mean closing off portions of Main Street, Lichtendahl said.

“It’s an unfortunate thing that occurred,” Wickman said.

“We are deeply regretful that accident occurred, and our prayers are with the child and his family,” Lichtendahl said.

Longmont trucker dies on Interstate 70

SUMMIT COUNTY – A 64-year-old Longmont trucker died on Interstate 70 late Saturday while he was putting chains on his truck.

Richard Hinrich collapsed of an apparent heart attack about 10:30 p.m. on eastbound I-70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel .

He was pronounced dead at Summit Medical Center.

Ahlberg Funeral Chapel in Longmont is arranging memorial services.

BRC mixer is Wednesday at Bubba Gump’s

BRECKENRIDGE – On Wednesday, the Breckenridge Resort Chamber (BRC) Ambassadors and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. will host the April mixer at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., 231 S. Main St.

The mixer is from 5-7 p.m. Admission is $5 for BRC members and $8 for nonmembers.

Friends Welcome, Breckenridge’s communitywide guest service program, will present awards at 6 p.m. to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding guest service in the community.

Beer, wine and appetizers will be provided by Bubba Gump’s. For more information, call the BRC at (970) 453-2913 ext. 204.

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