Vehicle Plunges 400 Feet South Of Red Mountain Pass Near Ouray

Six people from Montrose on their way home from a high school basketball game Saturday night are lucky to be alive Monday. A patch of ice sent a vehicle they were in careening 400 feet down a steep mountain pass.

The crash happened south of Ouray on Red Mountain Pass, a stretch of Highway 550 which reaches an elevation of 11,000 feet.There were no guardrails to prevent Joe Sullivan of Montrose, his wife, his son and daughter, as well as a friend of his daughter and her father to drop off the pass.

Despite the crash nobody was seriously injured, something sullivan said, "is amazing." The six were rescued by Ouray's mostly volunteer mountain rescue team.

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