Collbran man hurt in crash

The Colorado State Patrol said distracted driving may have factored into a rollover traffic accident Saturday morning near Collbran.

Darr Tolman, 52, of Collbran, was thrown from a 2002 Kia sedan when his vehicle careened off Colorado Highway 330 near mile marker 2 about 9:20 a.m., State Patrol trooper Heather Cobler said.

Tolman’s injuries were described as serious but not life-threatening. The State Patrol did not know his official medical condition. A man riding in the car, who was not thrown from the vehicle, suffered moderate injuries, Cobler said.

An investigation showed Tolman, the driver, was headed east when the car drifted off the right side of the road. Tolman overcorrected and drove off the left side, then the car swung back, went off the right side of the road and rolled, Cobler said.

Tolman was flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital.  His passenger was driven there by ambulance.

Although Cobler said distracted driving is a suspected factor, she declined to specify the distraction. Alcohol, drugs and speed were not factors, she said.


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