Montrose couple injured after rolling Jeep down steep mountain side

 Photo courtesy of the San Miguel Sheriff's Office
Photo courtesy of the San Miguel Sheriff's Office (KKCO)
Published: Aug. 19, 2019 at 11:04 AM MDT
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Bystanders joined first responders in rescuing an elderly couple who had rolled their vehicle 450 feet (137 meters) down a steep mountainside in western Colorado.

The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office says the incident occurred Saturday afternoon when the Jeep carrying a Montrose couple, both 72 years old, on their way to Telluride went off a road near Royer Gulch.

KMGH-TV in Denver reports that more than 35 people were involved in the five-hour rescue operation.

Officials say the couple, who were not identified, suffered critical injuries and were flown to Saint Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. Their conditions were not immediately known.

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