GILPIN COUNTY, Colo. - While investigating a crash in Gilpin County, a Colorado State Trooper was hurt in a second chain-reaction-crash Saturday.
The second crash occurred at 3:34 p.m. on the side of Highway 6 near mile marker 269. Trooper Nate Reid reports the trooper had just finished investigating a crash involving a vehicle that slid off the road.
The trooper, who Reid did not identify, moved his patrol car into the eastbound lane to stop traffic and allow the tow truck to recover the crashed vehicle. An oncoming 1993 Ford Explorer lost control as it tried to avoid hitting another stopped vehicle. The SUV hit the trooper's patrol vehicle, pushing it into the trooper as he was climbing out.
The trooper was hit by the door frame of his own car. He was taken to St. Anthony Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, Reid said.
The driver of the Explorer, 61-year-old David Kaai of Westminster, was unhurt. Reid said Kaai was charged with careless driving causing injury and driving a defective or unsafe vehicle.