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Date: February 22, 2022
Information Release – Vehicle Accident
Pagosa Fire Protection District was called to respond to a vehicle accident on Highway 160 near Mile Marker 153 at 7:37 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. The notification was received through the 911 system managed by Archuleta County Combined Dispatch center.
Upon arrival, the first due officer completed a scene size up noting a one-vehicle accident with vehicle resting on its side, air bag deployment and significant damage to vehicle with two occupants still in the vehicle. The first arriving engine company completed vehicle stabilization allowing one occupant to self-extricate. Fire personnel completed extrication of one patient; extrication required opening of vehicle roof using a roof flap technique. There were no fuel and oil leaks.
On-scene fire apparatus provided emergency responder protection by continuing to block traffic lanes while one patient was loaded into an ambulance, during law enforcement investigation activities and during the time the disabled vehicles were loaded onto tow trucks. Scene safety is always a high priority on every active roadway. PFPD, along with the other responding agencies, appreciates the patience and understanding shown by motorists during the delay.
PFPD responded with one engine, one rescue truck, one chief vehicle, six paid personnel and three volunteers. Upper San Juan Hospital District provided patient transport to local medical facility. Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department and Colorado State Patrol units were also on-scene conducting accident investigation.
PFPD was on scene for approx. 1 hour.
There are no firefighter injuries to report. The accident is under investigation by law enforcement at this time.
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Submitted by: Pagosa Fire Protection District Public Information Division
Approved: Randy Larson, Fire Chief