Sheriff: 13-year-old swept downstream during Boulder Creek crash dies
BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A truck flipped over into Boulder Creek near Sugarloaf Road in Boulder Canyon Saturday.
According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, a call about a crash at Highway 119 and Sugarloaf Road came in around 4:45 p.m.
A father was traveling with his two daughters when a car in front of him stopped suddenly because of a bear, said deputies. He ended up rear-ending the car, which then sent his vehicle into the creek.
The father and one of the daughters managed to get the opposite side of the bank, but a 13-year-old girl was swept downstream by the rushing waters.
More than 100 responders were on scene to rescue the girl from the waters.
A diver eventually recovered her behind Boulder High School.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle confirmed to Channel 2 News that the girl was recovered unconscious and immediately transported to Boulder Community Hospital.
Deputies said rescue crews had a visual of the girl the entire time, but they couldn’t get to her. She drifted more than six miles downstream before she was recovered at about 6:07 p.m.
At about 8:45 p.m., a Boulder County sheriff confirmed that the 13-year-old victim has passed away as a result of her injuries.