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Accident in Ouray Co.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:45 am    Post subject: Accident in Ouray Co. Reply with quote

Man killed in rockfall

Robb Magley 31.JUL.06

OURAY -- A freak rockfall Sunday, July 30, killed a man in a Jeep while traveling on the Camp Bird Road south of Ouray.

James Parker, 62, of Rowlett, Texas, was driving downhill with a passenger, Nancy Ingle, 56, also of Rowlett, as part of more than a dozen vehicles in a Jeep club, when a rock fell from above and crashed through the vehicle's soft-top roof, killing him instantly, according to officials.

''I've never seen anything quite like that,'' said Ouray County Sheriff Junior Mattivi. ''We're guessing it was about a 75-pound rock.''

According to Mattivi, the rock hit the Jeep on the driver's side, just behind the windshield.

''The passenger had the presence of mind to grab the steering wheel and steer into the mountainside,'' said Mattivi. ''Fortunately she did, otherwise we would've probably had two fatalities.''

That stretch of road, about five miles south of Ouray, has a nearly 400-foot drop on the outside edge, reported Mattivi. The Jeep ended up on its side.

Ouray County Emergency Medical Services Chief Paramedic Norm Rooker said bystanders removed both people from the Jeep started CPR on the man, bundling his passenger for transport to the hospital. Members of the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team responded to the site of the accident, and assisted in recovering the man's body. Rooker said first bystanders, then emergency medical personnel worked to save the man, but he was beyond help.

''Ultimately, his injuries were too severe,'' said Rooker. ''After consulting with the Montrose Memorial Hospital emergency department, we transported him down to the ambulance barn and met the medical examiner and a representative from Crippin (funeral home).''

Meanwhile, Ouray Police Chief Tony Chelf intercepted the Jeep carrying Ingle, and assisted in her transfer to an ambulance, by which she was transported to the hospital in Montrose.

Mattivi said vehicles on Camp Bird Road are frequently hit by falling ice and rock, but nothing of this size.

''We go through there a lot, with little rocks falling, and we've been lucky,'' said Mattivi.

Even while crews were on-scene, smaller rocks were falling around them. ''We had to keep a person as a lookout while we were up there,'' said Mattivi, noting there was likely nothing the driver could have done to avoid the rockfall.

''This truly was a freak accident,'' he said.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sucks ... Crazy things happen some times...
Unless you include the sawzall work..

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just noticed this post. He was a friend of mine. I was the first of several to perform CPR on him. My son was the one looking out for larger rocks falling.
He was a good man and loved to wheel and one time a complete stranger he met at a gas station in the town he was wheeling in wanted to know about the sport so Jim told him to climb in. The guy rode with Jim all day. I myself have had “Jeep” problems and road with him.
He will be missed.
Our club contacted Superlift Offroad Park in Arkansas and they allowed us to dedicate a trail and overlook to him. His son spent allot of money to repair his Jeep and now wheels it in his memory.
Here is a link to a pic of his son at the dedication.

This pic was taken about an hour before the accident.

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