Seperate accidents in adverse conditions send officers to the hospital

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. The weather wreaked havoc on state roads yesterday, and two officers assisting separate motorists were transported to hospitals after being hit by cars that lost control in the adverse conditions.

Adding more intrigue to the story, both accidents happened within an hour of one another, on the same highway.

The first was just after 7:00 p.m. Sunday night, when a Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputy was assisting a female that slid off of Highway 285 near mile marker 240. While the deputy was assisting a Dodge Durango struck the deputy's patrol car, injuring the deputy. The deputy was transported to an area hospital, but the severity of the injury was not released.

The second happened just after 7:30 p.m. on Highway 285, roughly 50 miles farther to the Southwest near Fairplay. This time the officer involved was a State Patrol trooper, who was investigating a crash on the side of the highway. Allegedly a Kia sedan lost control, crossed the center line, and hit the trooper's vehicle head-on. The trooper was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.


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