BOULDER, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – Authorities say a girl has died after the vehicle she was in careened into Boulder Creek following a collision blamed on a bear.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office says the girl was carried away by the current following the crash, which was reported at 4:46 p.m. Saturday in Boulder Canyon.
The Daily Camera reported that the girl was 13 and riding with her father and sister who both survived the crash.
The girl was carried 6 miles before a rescue crew was able to pull her out of the creek just behind Boulder High School.
Sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Cullen said in a release that the Colorado State Patrol reported that the crash occurred as one vehicle stopped suddenly to avoid a bear on Highway 119 that was running across the road and was rear-ended by the victim’s vehicle, which then plunged into the creek.
“The first car braked suddenly for a bear that crossed the road. The second car, which is the vehicle in the creek, tried to avoid a collision with the first car but did end up rear-ending it, and then ended up in the creek,” Cullen told CBS4. “The father and one daughter were able to get out of the truck; we believe initially on top of the truck and they got onto the rocks on the other side of the creek. The other daughter was unfortunately swept away.”
The girl was pulled from the water shortly after 6 p.m. and rushed to a hospital, but the sheriff’s office says efforts to save her failed.
“They did all the rescue attempts they could possibly do,” witness Jay Keithline said.
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