Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Car, Driver Dragged Half-Mile By Snowplow

Plow Driver Didn't Know He Had Been Hit Until Drivers Flagged Him Down

COLORADO CITY, Colo. -- A Colorado Department of Transportation plow driver rear-ended in a crash in Colorado City didn't even realize he had been in an accident until nearby drivers flagged him down to stop.

That's when the plow driver found out he was dragging the car that hit him.

John Archuleta, 70, of Colorado Springs rear ended the CDOT snow plow at 9:18 a.m. Monday.

Archuleta said he was driving through blowing snow when he suddenly saw the CDOT plow, but he was unable to stop.

Archuleta's 1999 Chrysler Cirrus became entangled with the sanding unit of the CDOT snow plow.

The plow driver, Fredrick Parrent, Jr, 58, was unaware he had been hit and kept plowing dragging Archuleta's car until he was flagged down by other passing motorists.

No one was injured.

Police said neither alcohol or drugs were suspected as factors in the crash, but Archuleta was cited for careless driving.

70 year old out for a drive in a blizzard. OK. Runs into an almost 60 year old snowplow driver who doesn't notice. Y'all be careful out there.

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