Occupants escape car after it goes into Crystal River near Carbondale
CARBONDALE — Occupants of a car that went into the Crystal River on Wednesday morning just south of Carbondale were able to get out safely, but the car was swept about a mile downstream and will remain there until it can be removed.
The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was called at about 7:30 a.m. to a report of a vehicle in the Crystal River near mile marker 59 on Highway 133.
Firefighters arrived to find three people who were able to get out of the vehicle and were out of the river. However, the vehicle had been swept away in the runoff-swollen river.
One person was taken to Valley View Hospital with minor injuries, according to a news release.
Firefighters searched the river and found the white Ford Fiesta stuck on the right-hand river bank about a mile downstream.
After discussions with the Colorado State Patrol, it was decided to leave the car in the river until it is safe to have it towed, according to the release.
Firefighters anchored the car to a tree and strung yellow marking tape on the side of the river near the vehicle.
“We want the public to know we are aware of the car in the river,” Assistant Chief Allan Ingram said. “We strongly encourage people, for their own safety, not to approach the vehicle.”
The Colorado State Patrol and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the call.
Paul Cuthbertson, a lifelong local of Eagle and Summit counties, died while skiing up to the Polar Star Inn to meet some friends for a celebration of his 21st birthday on Friday night.