Search and rescue called in for single-vehicle accident Sunday

By John Gardner
The Surveyor

One person was injured in a single-vehicle accident in north Berthoud early Sunday morning.

Just after 4 a.m., Larimer County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the intersection of 1400 block of First Street and County Road (CR) 10 where deputies found a single vehicle in a ditch, according to sheriff’s office reports.

A male subject was reportedly at the scene, bleeding and asking passing vehicles for a ride, according to Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer David Moore. When deputies arrived on the scene they were unable to locate the male subject.

While deputies searched for the subject involved in the accident, dispatchers received another call just after 6 a.m. of a man trespassing at a residence in the 600 block of CR 10 in an area near the accident scene.

Deputies responded and determined the male subject was the person involved in the accident that occurred earlier and was transported to an area hospital where he was reportedly treated for injuries sustained. Moore said the man’s condition was serious but not life-threatening. No update on the man’s condition was given as of Monday morning.

The subject’s name and age haven’t yet been released by the sheriff’s office because Moore indicated no charges have been filed at this time; however the investigation is ongoing, he said.

Several Berthoud residents witnessed a large-scale search-and-rescue operation in an agricultural field next to the crash scene Sunday morning. Moore said evidence found at the crash scene indicated there may have been a second passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

“Obviously if that were the case, there is a good chance that person would be injured as well,” Moore said.

Searchers didn’t find another victim and determined there was likely only the one passenger in the vehicle. The search was called off at just after 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Details of what likely caused the accident haven’t been released yet as the investigation continues. This story will be updated as more information is released.