Two CSP officers injured while investigating wrecks |

Two CSP officers injured while investigating wrecks

SUMMIT COUNTY – Among the wounded in this weekend’s wreckage on Interstate 70 were two Colorado State Patrol troopers, one of whom was struck by two cars while investigating an accident. The other man’s vehicle was struck from behind.

According to Colorado State Patrol Cpt. Ron Prater, CSP Trooper Jason Bachman was investigating a crash on the side of eastbound I-70 Saturday when a woman lost control of her vehicle and struck him. Before Bachman could get out of the way, a second car struck him.

He was able to drive himself to Silverthorne, where paramedics with the Summit County Ambulance Service treated him.

Other officers cited the two drivers, Karen Gallob, 60, and Jennifer Flaherty, 20, for careless driving resulting in bodily injury.

The following day, Trooper Charles Sanchez was slowing down to investigate an accident on Vail Pass when a vehicle struck his car from behind, propelling his vehicle 100 feet.

Ambulance personnel took Sanchez to Summit Medical Center. Officers cited Darcy Zitkevietz, the driver who struck him, for careless driving causing bodily injuries. Police noted that driving too fast for road conditions contributed to the accident.

More than 2 feet of snow fell on the High Country over the weekend as a strong winter storm moved throughout the state. CSP officers said that over the weekend, they investigated almost 100 accidents – many including minor fender-benders or drivers losing control of their cars and going into ditches.

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