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Helicopter crash near Rifle sends 2 to hospital

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 13:39:46-04

RIFLE, Colo. — Two people were injured in a helicopter crash near Rifle Saturday morning.

The two-person helicopter crashed around 7 a.m. near the Rifle city limits along Airport Road, according to the Garfield County Sheriff's Office. The two occupants were transported to Grand River Hospital for treatment. Their condition is unknown.

The sheriff's office initially said the helicopter was performing aerial inspections of power lines for Xcel Energy. However, they later stated that information was incorrect. The people in the helicopter were not working for Xcel Energy.

There is no information at this time as to the actual purpose of their flight in the area, according to the sheriff's office.

The crash set off a small brush fire. But it was quickly contained soon after crews arrived.

The on-going investigation will be handled by the National Traffic Safety Board.