Colorado Man Spends 25 in Hospital After Rollover Crash on U.S. Highway 40
DENVER, CO. – A Colorado man spent 25 day in the hospital after being involved in a rollover crash on U.S. Highway 40 near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, according to an online news report by steamboatpilot.com. The crash happened shortly before Christmas, and the man spent hours freezing in his wrecked vehicle before someone found him.*
On the evening of December 21, 2018, Mr. Thomas, of Steamboat Springs, was driving a 2008 Audi A4 on Highway 40 near Steamboat Springs. His vehicle hit an icy patch, and Thomas lost control. The vehicle then ran off the road and crashed down an embankment, rolling several times before coming to a rest.
Thomas recalls the moments before the crash but says he then became unconscious.
“I remember flying through the tree tops off the side of the road and thinking to myself that this isn’t going to go well,” he said. “I remember the big sound of the impact, and then, I lost consciousness at impact.”
When he regained consciousness, he realized he was at the bottom of a steep hill. He knew he was injured but kicked out a window in the car to try to crawl back to the road and flag down someone driving on the highway. When he tried to leave the car, however, he knew he was too badly injured to go anywhere. He also could not find his phone anywhere in the parts of the vehicle he could still reach.
So he waited. He was stuck in his wrecked car with no coat, no hat, and no gloves in freezing temperatures for hours. Somehow, a passing motorist eventually saw the crashed car and called 911. Emergency crews then airlifted him to a hospital in Denver, where he spent the next 25 days. He will require amputations of multiple fingers due to hypothermia, but he has otherwise made a remarkable recovery and says he is grateful to be alive.
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