Helicopter crash in South Rifle sends two to hospital, touches off brush fire
Emergency crews are on scene Saturday morning for a helicopter crash on the south end of Rifle that sent the two occupants to the hospital and touched off a small brush fire.
According to a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office press release, the crash happened about 7 a.m. Saturday.
The crash occurred near the Rifle city limits along Airport Road, south of Interstate 70 near the Colorado Mountain College campus.
The two occupants were reportedly able to get out of the wrecked chopper before it erupted in flames, according to accounts from the scene. They were transported to Grand River Hospital for treatment.
Colorado River Fire Rescue responded with a brush fire crew and was able to contain the resulting fire following the crash, according to the press release.
In January 2014, a helicopter crash also involving crews inspecting power lines for Holy Cross Energy in the Divide Creek area south of Silt killed all three people on board, including longtime local pilot Doug Sheffer.
This is a developing story.