JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Two men inside a car that crashed into Clear Creek on Sunday survived.
Rescue workers arrived at mile marker 269 in Clear Creek Canyon about 9:45 a.m. Sunday to find a car submerged in the creek.
Two men inside were able to get out safely thanks to the help of rescue crews.
“Both of them were brought up by the water rescue folks and transported to area hospitals,” said Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Matt Petty.
Petty said an investigation into the crash is ongoing but preliminary evidence suggests it was an accident.
“At this point it doesn’t appear that drugs or alcohol were involved nor excessive speed. Witnesses that saw the crash indicated that the vehicle was driving normally. The road curved to the left a little bit and the vehicle just continued straight on and drove off the right side of the road in the curve and ended up in the river on its top,” said Petty.
Petty said the car suffered a lot of damage but the two men inside suffered moderate injuries. They didn’t spend too much time in the creek.
“The water is moving pretty quickly and it’s pretty cold. Anybody who’s in the water for any length of time it’s possible that they could get hypothermia or get washed down the river,” said Petty.
Petty said distracted driving can be blamed for many accidents on the roadways both in the mountains and in the cities.
“There is a lot of traffic on this highway and it’s a really pretty drive and it could be pretty easy to get distracted so we ask everybody to buckle up and keep your eyes on the road and have a safe trip,” said Petty.