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falling rock kills jeeper

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by gjk5, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. gjk5

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    Falling rock kills man


    Tuesday, August 01, 2006
    By BEVERLY CORBELL
    The Daily Sentinel
    OURAY — A Texas man died Sunday afternoon when a large boulder crashed through the top of the Jeep he was driving, said Sgt. Jerry Wiseman of the Colorado State Patrol.
    The accident occurred about three miles south of Ouray on County Road 361, a scenic route also known as Camp Bird Road that winds through Yankee Boy Basin.
    James F. Parker, 62, of Rowlett, Texas, died instantly, Wiseman said.
    His passenger, Nancy Ingle, 56, also of Rowlett, probably saved her own life by grabbing the wheel of the Jeep to keep it from going down a 300-foot drop, Wiseman said.
    Ingle suffered a fractured wrist and was taken to Montrose Memorial Hospital for treatment.
    “There were still rocks coming down when we were up there, and I’m guessing it was from all the rain,” Wiseman said.
    “It was just a real sad situation.”
    Parker and Ingle were part of a Jeep tour, Wiseman said, and several vehicles carrying their friends were following behind them when the rocks fell, with the largest hitting Parker.
    Parker was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:01 p.m. by Ouray County Coroner Gary Miller.
    “Several rocks came down, but one large boulder struck on the top left of the Jeep,” Wiseman said.
    “It was a rag-top type Jeep, and it struck the driver on the head.”
    There was a lot of traffic Sunday on the popular drive that is used by Jeep tour companies and individuals for its dramatic view of the San Juan Mountains, Wiseman said, and the road was closed briefly after the accident.
    “It was a really narrow, winding section with a cliff outcrop that comes to the side of the road and a deep valley on the right,” he said
     
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    That sucks. 2 words - Roof and Roof Rack.
     
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    Man the Bites, My wife and I hope that it was non of the people we met in Silverton a couple of weekends ago. They were all nice people, Lots of them from TX and NM. There were two Jamborees One this last weekend and one the weekend before. Be safe out there Fellas and gals too. God Bless!
     
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    makes you wanna install a cage...

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    If the rock is big enough a cage or roof ain't gonna help...man would that ever suck. :doah:

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