Injuries to three Colorado troopers spur safety pleas |

Injuries to three Colorado troopers spur safety pleas

Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post
DENVER POST | Kieran NicholsonA dented patrol car was on display at a news conference at the Colorado State Patrol training academy on Tuesday

OLDEN – Drivers in Colorado need to pay greater attention, slow down, and drive with caution – lives are at stake.

That’s the message state troopers, highway workers and firefighters collectively trumpeted today at a news conference in Golden after three state troopers were injured over the weekend in two separate traffic accidents.

“I’m glad we’re not here talking about funerals,” said Colonel James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol.

Wolfinbarger said both accidents – one on Friday near Fruita on the Western Slope, and the other Sunday in Arapaho County– were close calls and the troopers narrowly escaped injuries that could have been fatal.

Two of the three troopers suffered serious injury. All three have been released from hospitals and are at home recuperating.

In both incidents, the troopers were hit while responding to previous accidents on slick, icy roads.

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