SUV plunges into river in Colorado after driver falls asleep

An SUV plunged into the Arkansas River Saturday near Cotopaxi in Fremont County. Photo Credit: CPW via Twitter

It was not your typical “catch of the day” for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), it was a close call on Saturday for an SUV driver who ended up plunging straight into the Arkansas River after falling asleep behind the wheel while traveling along Highway 50 near Cotopaxi.

River rangers with the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area quickly came to the rescue of the SUV driver who escaped the cold water crash unharmed. The SUV was reeled in by a tow truck. No fluids spilled into the waters because it landed upright, causing zero threat to the fishery.

Cotopaxi sits along the Arkansas River between Cañon City and Salida. Here’s a look at where it’s located on the map.

Editor’s Note: Driving drowsy is dangerous. Stay alert! If you feel tired, listen to your body and take a rest break before getting behind the wheels again.  If you’re struggling to stay awake, immediately pull over. If you’re able to, switch drivers or find a safe area to take a nap. Be smart and drive safely!


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