Four injured in semi-trailer crash

Four people were injured Sunday when their car collided with a semi-trailer at U.S. Highway 40 and Routt County Road 27, a Colorado State Patrol trooper said.

Trooper Melissa Remner said the trouble began at about 11:15 a.m. when a semi slid off C.R. 27 while its driver was attempting to turn right onto that road from U.S. 40. The semi blocked the county road and the driver, Robert Parr of Craig, 49, received a citation for improper mountain driving.

The driver of a second semi-trailer, Anthony Peroulis of Craig, 47, pulled over onto U.S. 40, turned on the vehicle's hazards and attempted to check on Parr, Remner said.

While Peroulis was out of his semi, a blue Volkswagen Passat traveling on U.S. 40 hit his semi from behind. All four passengers in the Passat were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center for treatment of their injuries, Remner said.

The Passat's driver, 26-year-old Heather Van Houten of Boulder, and a female passenger were released Sunday evening with minor injuries. Two other passengers were being held for further treatment of injuries including broken bones, Remner said.

Roads were icy and packed with snow at the time of the crash, Remner said, and lane lines were not visible. At least one passenger in the Passat was not wearing a seat belt.

The investigation is ongoing.

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