How dangerous is Highway 13? Three killed in recent crashes

Published: May. 18, 2017 at 9:20 PM MDT
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Colorado State Highway 13, which is north of Rifle, has been the scene of two different car crashes that killed three people in the last 10 days.

Those two wrecks both happened at milepost 15.

Garfield County Colorado State Patrol data shows that between 2013 and 2017 there have been 92 crashes in that area.

Garfield County Trooper said that the accidents on Highway 13 are few in number and ‘sporadic’, but between mileposts 13 and 15 there are more crashes overall.

“This is a beautiful road, it's a narrow road and it’s curvy in spots,” said Deborah Greenfeld a Nederland. “It was really kind of shocking, of course, any kind of a tragic event like that.”

Rural Colorado has a lot of highways with windy roads, cattle on either side and spotty service.

“With it being a two lane, it's pretty easy to drift over the middle line,” said Brody Babcock, a Rifle Resident and says the numbers don’t surprise him. “It’s pretty frequent.”

As a frequent mountain driver, Deborah Greenfeld said, “I can certainly understand, that with the excessive speed or not paying attention, or any kind of driving under the influence would be an invitation for disaster.”

Troopers still believe the stretch of Hwy. 13 from mile 3 to 17 is not a "high crash area", but said they will continue to "evaluate or crash rates and deploy our resources accordingly."