A dreadful Sunday afternoon crash on Evergreen Parkway sent three area residents to the hospital and shut down traffic through Bergen Park.
About 3:05 p.m. April 6, Evergreen resident Ian Ferguson, 18, was driving west on County Road 65 in a maroon, 2000 Subaru Legacy sedan with one passenger, 20-year-old Katie Pitts of Kittredge. According to the Colorado State Patrol, the Subaru entered the left-turn lane at Highway 74, continued through a red light into the intersection and was struck broadside by a tan 2007 Chevy Suburban traveling north on the parkway.
The Suburban, driven by 47-year-old Evergreen resident Amy Thomas, pushed Ferguson’s vehicle sideways for about 130 feet before the battered Subaru spun up an embankment, then rolled back across the road and finally limped to a stop on the right shoulder of eastbound County Road 65. The Suburban came to rest in the intersection, facing west.
The intersection remained closed for about an hour while emergency crews treated the injured and cleared the scene. According to Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Einar Jensen, firefighters needed 25 minutes with the “Jaws of Life” to free Ferguson from the wreckage.
“The driver’s side of the vehicle was compacted inward 1 to 2 feet,” Jensen says. “Fortunately, he was wearing a seatbelt. If he hadn’t been restrained, the incident could have been more devastating.”
In fact, all three wore seatbelts, and all three were sent to St. Anthony Central Hospital. Pitts and Thomas both sustained minor injuries and were transported by ambulance. Ferguson, whose injuries were far more severe, made the trip in a Flight for Life helicopter. No information has been released regarding specific injuries or current patient conditions.