Woman, 67, hurt when truck lands in Plateau Creek

A 67-year-old Collbran woman was seriously injured when the truck she was driving vaulted off of Highway 65 and into Plateau Creek around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Colorado State Patrol reported.

The 2006 GMC Sierra driven by Mary Schwindt traveled off the shoulder and struck a delineator post. The collision caused the truck to travel across the roadway, strike an embankment and vault into the air before landing on its roof in the creek, according to the State Patrol.

Schwindt was partially thrown from the vehicle as it rolled onto its left side, the State Patrol said.

Schwindt had to be extricated by emergency personnel. It is unknown if she was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash. She sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to St. Mary’s for treatment, police reported.

Neither drug nor alcohol use contributed to the crash, but excessive speed is suspected as a contributing factor, the State Patrol said.

Schwindt was issued a citation on suspicion of careless driving.


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