An accident has occurred on Trough Road (Highway 1; Mile Marker 9) in Grand County in which a vehicle has travelled 705 feet off of an embankment and down an extremely steep slope estimated at 70 degrees. The vehicle overturned an unknown number of times in the process. According to the Colorado State Police Public Affairs Office, the call about the accident was received at 7:54 AM on Friday morning, though the specific time of the accident is unknown. Tracks heading off of the road were discovered by a road and bridge crew and then reported to authorities.
Unfortunately, new details include that two people in the vehicle at the time of the wreck have died. A passenger was found dead, still belted in the vehicle, and the driver was found ejected approximately 300 feet from the vehicle. They were confirmed dead at the scene. Names, age, and gender of the deceased have not been released at time of publishing. Grand County Search & Rescue and the state police are working on retrieving the car. Why the accident occurred is currently under investigation.
The overnight weather in the Kremmling area was quite cold, dipping below 0 degrees, though there was no reported precipitation that fell. That being said, a local police officer did confirm that the road was hard-packed ice and quite slick this morning. The same officer also mentioned that there was no initial sign that alcohol caused the accident. An official report will come from the Coroner’s Office.
Trough Road is often marketed as one of the area’s scenic drives, featuring “amazing views” and “breathtaking hairpin turns,” according to the county’s tourism site. The route is close to Kremmling and 24.4 miles long. While some portions are paved, other parts of the road are dirt. The maximum elevation of the road is 8,329 feet, with travel on the route recommended from July through October.
This accident comes days after another serious mountain pass accident occurred – that one involving two individuals on the infamous Red Mountain Pass. Another accident also occurred on Red Mountain Pass earlier in December that resulted in the death of the driver.
Here’s a map that shows where Trough Road is. Note that the dropped pin is not specific to where the accident occurred.
*Information in this report comes from both Colorado State Police, as well as the local Sheriff’s Office
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