Report: Colo. emergency dispatcher was watching Christmas movie
DENVER – The Colorado State Patrol has completed its investigation into what caused a nine-minute delay in sending a trooper to a December crash – a delay that was followed by a fatal crash in the same spot.
The agency took administrative action against four employees at the Pueblo dispatch, after concluding at least one dispatcher was watching a Christmas movie on a company laptop at the time.
A caller reported at 1:37 a.m. on Dec. 17 that a car was disabled after striking a deer on Interstate 25 near Fountain. The car was in a traffic lane with no lights or flashers.
A trooper was dispatched at 1:46 a.m.
At 1:50 a.m., an Arizona woman lost control of her SUV as she approached the sedan. She died at the scene. Her passenger was injured.