Pickup crashes into river;Collbran woman seriously injured

Earlier today, the Colorado State Patrol responded to a one-vehicle crash resulting in serious injuries on Highway 65.  At 8:30 a.m., a 2006 GMC Sierra was traveling northbound, near milepost 53, when it traveled off the right shoulder of the roadway and collided with a delineator post.  The vehicle then traveled across the roadway, traveling off the left side and vaulting off an embankment.  The vehicle landed on its roof in a river, before rolling onto its left side.

The driver, 67-year-old Mary Schwindt of Collbran, was partially ejected from the vehicle, yet had to be extricated by emergency personnel.  It is unknown if she was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.  She sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to St. Mary’s for treatment.

Drug/alcohol use is not suspected as a contributing factor in the crash.  Excessive speed is suspected as a contributing factor, and Schwindt was cited with careless driving.