Teens walk away from rollover crash near Copper | SummitDaily.com

Teens walk away from rollover crash near Copper

Jane Stebbins

COPPER MOUNTAIN – A 16-year-old Broomfield youth and his passenger walked away with cuts and bruises after the driver lost control of his Honda CR along Interstate 70, flipping the car late Friday morning.

According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper James Colyer, witnesses said Michael Trask was driving westbound along the interstate when his tires went off the right side of the roadway just past the overpass to Copper Mountain Resort. He veered back onto the highway, then veered back to the right, at which point his car ran up a small hill and launched into the air. It flipped and landed on its roof 205 feet from the roadway, Colyer said.

Trask was traveling about 60 mph, and there was no indication alcohol was involved in the accident, he added.

“He was just sightseeing,” Colyer said. “He just got his driver’s license, and I think it was just his inexperience driving in the mountains.”

Both Trask and his passenger were wearing seatbelts.

“We’re such advocates for wearing seatbelts,” Colyer said. “This proves you can walk away from a violent crash like that if you’re wearing them. If they hadn’t been, I can guarantee they would have been ejected.”

Trask, whose vehicle was totalled, was cited for failing to drive in a single lane of traffic.

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