Red Mountain Pass rescue yields positive outcome

by Dalton Carver and Carolina King

Responding to the second Red Mountain Pass accident in as many weeks, Ouray Mountain Rescue Team recovered two passengers from a rollover incident the evening of Dec. 26. Although one of the passengers was injured, both survived the crash.
Colorado State Patrol responded to a call around 5:56 p.m. on Dec. 26 that a pickup truck had rolled 120 to 130 feet down a Red Mountain pass embankment. CSP was the initial agency to respond to the accident, but officers had to wait for the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office and OMRT before recovering the victims.
After arriving, OMRT retrieved the two passengers – one by litter, similar to a basket, and the other by hand line. The driver, 63 year-old Darrel Foster of Blackhawk was uninjured in the accident. The other passenger, 58-year-old Teresa Foster, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Montrose Memorial Hospital. She was reported as not wearing her seatbelt.
Trisha Eischied, OMRT captain, said the callout was the second of December and the 33rd of 2018.
The first December call involved a more tragic situation involving the discovery of a missing Silverton man. Howard Drake, 83-year-old resident of Silverton, had been missing since Dec. 12 and his body was located, using a drone, about 466 feet down from the Ruby Walls area Dec.18. After he was located, OMRT was called out to recover Drake’s body, which had been ejected from the vehicle as it rolled down the embankment.
The recovery efforts at the more recent Red Mountain Pass accident resulted in a more positive outcome, as both victims survived the rollover just after the Christmas holiday.