On Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 4:49pm, the Colorado State Patrol responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident on Hwy 50 approximately six miles west of Lamar in Prowers County.
The vehicle, a 1996 Silver Honda Accord, was westbound when it drifted into the center median. The driver, Christine Schmelzer of Hasty, Colorado, overcorrected to the right resulting in the car rotating clockwise in the soft dirt then rolling one and one half time. The vehicle came to rest in the center median on its top.
The driver was wearing her safety belt and remained in the vehicle. The passenger, Lucien Helmick of Hasty, CO, was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected during the roll. He was transported by ambulance to Prowers Medical Center then flown to Parkview Main in Pueblo. The driver was also transported to PMC by ambulance and released.
The driver did not sustain serious injuries. The passenger did sustain serious but not life threatening injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Speed does not appear to be a factor.
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