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Woman stranded for hours following crash on Monarch Pass

Posted at 12:10 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 14:10:22-05

CHAFFEE COUNTY – A crash that left a woman stranded on the side of the road serves as a reminder to always prepare for the worst possibilities when traveling on Colorado roads during the winter months.

According to Colorado State Patrol in Cañon City, the woman from Grand Junction was driving along Highway 50 at Monarch Pass in Chaffee County when her car slid off the road around 4 a.m.

Unfortunately, the driver turned off her headlights after the crash, making it very difficult for anyone to see her car. To make matters worse, she was unable to get a cell phone signal in the area.

State Patrol reports she was found unhurt and rescued about 3 and a half hours after the crash.

News5 is Always Watching Out for You with the information on what you should have in your car just in case of an emergency.

Always gas up your vehicle before heading out during a storm. The more gas you have, the longer you can run the heater in the car if you’re ever stranded.

Everyone should carry a Survival Kit in their car year round, but in Colorado, you need to tailor that for winter driving.

  • a shovel (There are small foldable shovels)
  • windshield scraper
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter


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