MANZANOLA – Multiple law enforcement agencies in southern Colorado are investigating alleged child abuse and a car crash that sent two young Manzanola girls to the hospital Sunday.
According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the mother of two children was driving on State Highway 207 and while heading north approached the Arkansas River Bridge. At that time, the CBI says the vehicle left the roadway and landed in the Arkansas River.
A passerby called emergency responders and the two children, ages 10 and 8, were rescued from the SUV. The mother was located outside of the vehicle.
All three were transported for medical treatment. The CBI said all three suffered serious injuries but are expected to survive.
The Otero County Sheriff’s Office, the Town of Manzanola Marshal, and the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office are investigating to determine the events leading up to the crash. The CBI is also providing assistance in the investigation.
The CBI said no arrests have been made in the case to date.
The CBI also said that because this incident involves allegations of possible child abuse, information released about the case will be limited.
Manzanola is located approximately 50 miles east of Pueblo.