Woman and dog injured after rolling off Black Bear Pass
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A woman and her dog were injured after rolling off a treacherous mountain road in southwest Colorado.
According to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office, two women and a goldendoodle were traveling east of Telluride Sunday morning and accidentally turned from Bridal Veil Road onto Black Bear Pass going the wrong way. The road is dirt, narrow and has been featured on dangerousroads.org as one of the “most intense mountain roads in Colorado.”
“The passenger told deputies they did not see the sign indicating the beginning of the one-way pass. After a couple of switchbacks they decided it was best to turn around,” the sheriff’s office said.
The passenger jumped out of the car to help the driver travel back down.
“While backing up, two of the wheels went high enough on the embankment to cause the vehicle to begin to roll,” the sheriff’s office said.
The Ford Bronco plummeted 400 feet off the cliff. The driver and dog were thrown from the vehicle as it careened downhill.
First responders made it to the scene around 7:45 a.m. and treated the 23-year-old driver on scene before transporting her to an area hospital with serious injuries. There is no update on her condition as of Monday morning.
The dog was treated by a local vet. One-year-old “Chewy” only sustained minor injuries and was doing well, the sheriff’s office said.
“Her passenger was out of the vehicle when rollover occurred and not injured ... Fortunately, no hikers or drivers of other vehicles were killed or injured by this falling car or associated debris,” the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s office says Black Bear Pass should be avoided by all but the most experienced drovers.
“Black Bear Pass is an extremely dangerous road and should only be driven by experienced off-road drivers in appropriate vehicles. Legally, a 16-year-old who got his driver’s license hours prior may try to drive the pass in grandma’s 80s sedan. That doesn’t mean it’s safe.”
The area is located about six hours west of Colorado Springs.
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