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Five days, seven accidents in Pagosa Springs

SUN photo/Ed Fincher Emergency personnel respond to a four-vehicle accident July 17 on U.S. 160 between 8th and 10th streets. The accident, which slowed eastbound traffic to a crawl, was caused by a medical situation, with no other injuries reported.

SUN photo/Ed Fincher
Emergency personnel respond to a four-vehicle accident July 17 on U.S. 160 between 8th and 10th streets. The accident, which slowed eastbound traffic to a crawl, was caused by a medical situation, with no other injuries reported.

It was a busy week for emergency personnel responding to vehicle accidents in Pagosa Springs.

Within the boundaries of the Town of Pagosa Springs, officers responded to seven accidents in five days from July 17 and 21. Three of those crashes came on July 21, and all but one occurred on private property (versus public roadways).

Fortunately, only one of those accidents involved injuries, with that injury being a medical situation that caused the accident.

That incident, however, occurred in downtown Pagosa Springs and slowed eastbound traffic on U.S. 160 to a crawl between 8th and 10th streets.

The accident, which involved four vehicles, was reported at 11:51 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, said Detective Scott Maxwell of the Pagosa Springs Police Department.

Upon arriving at the scene, emergency personnel learned that the accident had been caused by a local man who experienced symptoms of a medical condition while driving, Maxwell and Officer Floyd Capistrant reported while explaining the incident.

The man, William Church, 77, reported experiencing blurry vision and passing out, which then caused him to strike a 1995 Subaru Legacy while driving eastbound on U.S. 160.

Church’s vehicle, a 2013 Lexus, then also struck a 2014 Nissan Xterra, bringing Church’s vehicle to rest, but causing the Nissan to strike a 1998 Chevy pickup truck.

Besides Church, no other injuries were reported. Church was transported to Pagosa Springs Medical Center.

The PSPD, Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, EMS and Pagosa Fire Protection District responded to the incident.

Other accidents were reported that were outside of the PSPD jurisdiction, but information on those accidents was not available by press time Wednesday.

This story was posted on July 24, 2014.