Douglas Pass: Car Plummets 340 Feet Down Embankment

A 46 year old grandmother from Utah was driving her car south on Highway 139 over Douglas Pass in Garfield County when she failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway.

The car carrying her two and six-year-old grand children, her daughter ,and two other men plummeted down a 340 foot embankment where it came to rest.

It took rescue crews with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office three hours to get all six of the occupants to safety.

One person was transported to St. Mary's Hospital complaining of back pain, but everyone else suffered only bumps and bruises.

Officials stress having warm clothing and blankets, along with food and water in your vehicle during the winter, in case of emergencies.


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  • by John Location: Mesa county SARC on Dec 17, 2007 at 07:06 PM
    Thank you Rangely VOL. Fire Dept.@ Ambulance Services, I was a member from the MCSAR and you folks did a wonderful job on this accident. I am sorry you were not recognized by the media, although you were, with our team. E mail me for pictures and I will be Glad to send the ones I took.It's a shame it has to be this way, as far as all of our volunteer organizations. The media is always late and only reports what they feel interests their viewers. We are all in this as as a team and we are all cold and wet as a team.The bottom line is that we helped our community and provided assistance when needed and it should be reported that way!I was very impressed with the team communications,the law inforcement,SARC performance, and Medical assistance on this call. Good Job to all, and thank you for your help as well!Good Job Done By All!
  • by Debbie Location: Rangely on Dec 16, 2007 at 08:50 AM
    Just to let you know that the Mesa county sheriffs office was not the only ones involved in rescuing those six people!! The Rangely Volunteer Fire Department was the first rescue team on scene followed very closely by the Rangely Volunteer Ambulance and the Lower Valley Ambulance and Fire Department. We were all there for a good 45 minutes before the Mesa county people started showing up. Lower Valley Ambulance is the one that transported the 1 injured to St Marys. Just hope you knew those facts. We cannot get any GJ TV stations up here in Rangely so we never know what you report.
  • by Rangely Location: Rangely on Dec 15, 2007 at 09:58 PM
    Thank you also to the Rangely Ambulance Service, Rangely Fire Department, Lower Valley Ambulance, Lower Valley Fire Department. Those listed above were first on scene of this accident. One EMT from Rangely and one Firefighter went down to the victims and stayed with them until they were brought out.
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