Man hospitalized after accident

Crews forced to extract drivers from cars

— A Steamboat Springs man injured in a collision Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 40 near Milner is in fair condition.

David Hood, 46, suffered arm, knee and shoulder injures, trauma to his chest and abdomen, facial lacerations and a concussion when his 2002 white Chevrolet truck collided with a 1994 Ford pickup driven by Fulgencio Rivera, 40, of Craig.

Emergency crews had to extract both men from their vehicles, and both men were rushed to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Rivera was released Wednesday with minor injuries.

Trooper Rick Kaspar of the Colorado State Patrol said Rivera was cited for reckless driving and driving a defective vehicle.

Rivera was headed east on a snowy and icy U.S. 40 when he lost control of his vehicle and skidded into oncoming traffic.

He had just crested the hill past Milner when his vehicle slid into the westbound lane and collided with Hood's truck, which was pulling a trailer.

Through an interpreter, Rivera told Kaspar that he knew his tires were balding and that he lost control of his vehicle in the slick conditions.

"His tires were almost bald," Kaspar said. "He had a defective vehicle."

Witnesses on the scene who had been heading east on U.S. 40 told Kaspar that Rivera had just passed them west of Milner before the accident occurred.

The witnesses estimated Rivera was driving 65 mph, Kaspar said.

Hood told Kaspar he was driving about 50 mph.

The speed limit on U.S. 40 is 65 mph, but traffic must slow to 55 mph through Milner.

Both men were wearing seatbelts. Both vehicles had airbags, but only the airbag on Rivera's vehicle deployed.

The accident held up traffic along U.S. 40 for a short time.

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