Montrose commish crashes into fence after heart incident
Montrose County Commission Vice Chairman Ron Henderson was admitted Wednesday morning to Montrose Memorial Hospital, after suffering a heart-related episode while driving himself to the hospital.
According to county spokeswoman Katie Yergensen, Henderson began feeling ill during an early morning workout. Henderson left the gym and tried to drive himself to the hospital, but at some point his car left the roadway and crashed through a fence.
No other vehicles were involved, and there were no injuries outside of Henderson’s heart episode.
Henderson was assisted to the hospital by authorities who responded to the crash.
He was expected to spend at least Thursday night in the hospital, where he is being treated for a blockage.
The former commission chairman, who is in his 70s, has a history of heart issues, having had a quadruple-bypass in October of last year. He returned to work a few weeks later.
The county commission is set to meet Monday at 9 a.m. at 161 S. Townsend Ave. for their regularly scheduled meeting. It’s not clear if Henderson will be well enough to attend, but the business of the county will continue, as the two remaining commissioners comprise a quorum capable of voting on county contracts.
“If Ron is able to make it, that’s great, but obviously his health and family come first,” Yergensen said. “We want to encourage him to take care of those things before he gets back to business, if that’s what he chooses.”