3 injured in rollover car accident in Bent County

Three people were injured in a collision involving a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck and a 2002 Buick Rendezvous earlier this month in Bent County, Colorado. The crash occurred on Colorado Highway 50 when the pickup collided with the left rear of the Buick. The car was attempting to make a left turn into a residence when the pickup truck struck it. This was one of those frightening car accidents in which both vehicles were actually overturned as a result of the impact.

The Buick rotated counter clockwise and rolled one quarter time. The car ended up resting on its right side approximately 20 feet south of Colorado 50. Meanwhile, the pickup overturned and ended up resting upside down on its roof about 90 feet south of Colorado 50. The trailer, which was attached to the truck and was hauling a load of scrap metal, separated from the vehicle and ended up south of the roadway.

The driver of the Buick, a 59-year-old La Junta woman, was transported to a local hospital. Details about the extent of her injuries were not reported. The pickup driver, a 27-year-old man from Holly, suffered minor injuries, as did his 18-year-old male passenger. Both of them were treated on the scene by medical personnel.

Car accidents such as these can easily end in serious injury or even death. However, luckily, all three people involved in the collision were wearing their safety belts, which more than likely contributed to their survival. Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have been contributing causes to the crash on the Colorado freeway.

Nonetheless, it will be important for investigators to determine what caused this accident. If either driver was negligent, the other may be able to recover compensation for his or her medical care and other damages.

Source: La Junta Tribune-Democrat, "Three people injured following crash on Highway 50," Candi Hill, June 9, 2012

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