Fire Chief Hit While On the Scene of Another Accident
It all started with a single rollover accident near Empire, Colorado. Christina Dickenson reports for 9 News:
Colorado State Patrol says the Clear Creek County Fire Department was assisting with a single-vehicle rollover crash on the east side of Berthoud Pass on U.S. 40 near mile marker 253 at about 7:30 a.m. No one was injured in the rollover crash.
The vehicle in the rollover accident was a 1989 Toyota pickup driven by Marcos Nevarez-Nunez, age 44. While he escaped injury, one of the firefighters who responded to the accident was not so lucky. While assisting the occupant of the rolled-over vehicle, the Fire Chief of the Clear Creek Fire Authority was hit by a passing vehicle that has lost control.
Howard Pankratz, reporting for The Denver Post, provides some details:
[State Patrol Trooper Nate] Reid said [Chief Keely] Babeon was parked on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes of U.S. 40. About 7:55 a.m. the driver of a Ford Explorer Sport Trac — a combination SUV/pickup — lost control and hit Babeon.
Babeon was standing next to his vehicle and was hit by the left rear of the Sport Trac, said Reid.
The Sport Trac driver was identified as Randy Clay, age 50. Clay has been ticketed for careless driving causing injury. Chief Baebon was airlifted due to snow conditions and is currently listed in fair condition according to Beverly Lilly, spokesperson for St. Anthony Central Hospital.