July 4th brought a large number of firework injuries to hospitals

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July 9, 2021

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It  was an incredibly busy holiday weekend for the doctors and nurses at UCHealth Burn Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. This year brought even more burn injuries related to firework and grill accidents. 

“The number of burn injuries has gone substantially up compared what I’ve seen in years past,” said Dr. Patrick Duffy, a UCHealth burn surgeon. He said the last two years have been particularly busy.

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“We were certainly involved with responding to a number of people who lost parts of fingers and hands and what not for having fireworks go off while they were holding them,” Duffy said.
Women wounded by illegal fireworks encourage safe celebrations this Fourth of July

One of the more common culprits of these burn injuries? Sparklers. 

“Even those simple little sparklers can wind up leading to severe burns that require surgery,” he said.

Doctors recommend not leaving children alone with fireworks, including sparklers, during the Fourth of July or any other holiday. 

“We also see a lot of people who wind up drinking and celebrating around campfires and falling into the campfires,” he said.

Propane grills were also responsible for quite a few injuries during the holiday weekend. 

“If people go to relight the grill without opening the lid and airing out that propane that’s filled there, essentially you are turning your propane grill into a giant bomb,” Duffy said.

He hopes as the summer continues that residents will take precautions and leave the fireworks to the professionals.

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Glenwood Canyon Closures May Continue Beyond 2021

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Source: The Denver Post

Date: July 2, 2021

This summer, two mudslides have covered the highway in Glenwood Canyon in Colorado, and geology and engineering experts say the danger could persist. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, closures on I-70 are to protect other travelers, not to prevent potential natural disasters. While this news may be frustrating for drivers, these preventative measures may prevent countless car accidents. 

According to The Denver Post, "Dozens of basins ravaged by last summer’s Grizzly Creek fire drain down toward Interstate 70, and all it takes is a short burst of intense rain in the right spot — a downpour lasting as little as 15 minutes — to send a soupy mix of sludge and rocks flowing onto the highway."

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The canyon's steep terrain and hard-to-access high basins that were burned in last year's fire make it impossible to make improvements to the basins. If the terrain were gentler, crews could dig it out and perform necessary construction. 
 
According to The Denver Post, "It will take years in some areas for soil burned during the fire to sprout new ground cover and recover normal levels of water absorbancy. Other agencies have evaluated the burn area and begun making plans to help along that process, which can take longer in areas where fire burned the landscape more severely." Until this work can be done, mudslides are still a huge risk to the area and could cause life-threatening car accident and motor vehicle collisions. 

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Four Dead, 159 Unaccounted for in Miami Condo Collapse

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June 25, 2021

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Early on Thursday, a condominium building in Miami, Florida collapsed, leaving at least four dead and over 150 people unaccounted for. 

"I woke up to learn that three bodies had been pulled from the rubble last night," Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told ABC on Friday, adding to the one fatality that was announced on Thursday. "Devastating news for families waiting for any hope of survival." The three have not been identified.

Florida rescue workers are working diligently to recover people from the rubble. According to Florida authorities, the 12-story building involving some 55 units split apart and crumbled. They still aren't sure why the building collapsed. "I can tell you at this time they haven't found any evidence of foul play, so that is important for people to know," the mayor added. The police department plans a full investigation.

Fire crew members rescued 37 people on Thursday, and 35 of them were evacuated from balconies of the part of the building that was left intact. Many families are waiting for news of their missing relatives. 

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As search and rescue operations continue, questions abound as to why the Champlain Towers South complex near Miami, only 40 years old, partially collapsed on Thursday.

Charles Burkett, the mayor of Surfside, reported that the building has undergone minor construction work recently, including roof work. 

"But there's roof work being done on buildings all the time, and it's hard to imagine that that could have been the impetus for such a catastrophic collapse - I'm sure that it probably wasn't," he said.

Burkett added the building, which housed more than 136 units, "is not really an older building."

"There's no reason for this building to go down like that unless someone literally pulls out the supports from underneath, or they get washed out, or there's a sinkhole or something like that because it just went down."

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Gas pump outage in Southern Colorado not due to lack of fuel supply

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COLORADO SPRINGS (KRDO) -- It's not a lack of fuel that has led to gas pump outages across Southern Colorado. Instead, it's a culmination of pipeline maintenance and a gas truck driver shortage, according to AAA Colorado.

Experts are asking drivers not to panic if they pull up to a gas station without available fuel.

"There is never any reason to panic when it comes to gas," Skyler McKinley, Regional Director of Public Affairs for AAA, told KRDO. "In any other year it's no problem, a pipeline comes offline we just spin up additional trucks, we deliver by truck, everything is all good at the pump."

Magellan Midstream Partners conducted maintenance and testing on its pipeline last week, which required the pipeline from Aurora to Fountain to be shut off, according to a spokesperson for the company. The impacted area of the pipeline was turned back on Saturday afternoon. A spokesperson for Magellan says it adequate supplies of gasoline and diesel fuel to meet the needs of customers in the region and that all operations at its pipeline are back to normal.

"Because of the coronavirus pandemic and the truck driver shortage cause therein, sometimes these pipelines come offline and we can't build up the infrastructure the same way we would. Meaning, we can't instantaneously solve the ripple effect caused by a pipeline shutdown. But we can solve it, it just takes a couple of days longer." McKinley explained.

While there are delays in getting gas to stations in Southern Colorado, McKinley stresses there is not a fuel supply shortage. He predicts Colorado and other states will experience similar issues.

"We're going to see this happen sporadically across the country, it's not unique to Colorado," McKinley explained. "It's this trucker shortage is the heart of it because that's really our backup infrastructure when our pipe infrastructure isn't working exactly as it was designed to," McKinley said.

AAA Colorado says there is "plenty of gas" flowing to Colorado, and the organization is asking drivers to not panic buy. McKinley said panic-buying is the only way our area would face a true gasoline shortage at this time. AAA Colorado does expect pump outages to continue in Southern Colorado through the week.

"There will be some hiccups, there will be some frustrations but there will not be chaos as long as you know people are working to solve these problems," McKinley said. "You should only be buying gas if you need gas, you shouldn't be buying more gas than you need."

Preventing Hot Car Deaths

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Source: KOAA

Date: June 18, 2021 

Record-breaking heat has moved into Colorado this week, so now is the time to start checking your car for children and pets. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 886 children have died from being left in hot cars since 1998.Last year, 24 children died from heatstroke in hot cars. In Colorado, 7 children have died since 2001. The majority of hot car deaths (53%) happen because a caregiver forgot a child in their car.

About 46% of the time, a child was forgotten in a hot car when the caregiver meant to drop them off at a daycare or preschool. Nearly 75% of all children who are forgotten and die in hot cars are less than 2 years old. A car in 90-degree heat can reach an internal temperature of 124 degrees within 30 minutes.

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KOAA Weather

After an hour, the car can reach an interior temperature of 133 degrees. To put that in perspective, the "keep warm" function on an oven is usually somewhere between 170 to 200 degrees.

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KOAA Weather

So far this year, Colorado Springs has seen three days where it's been 90 degrees or warmer, and Pueblo has seen 12 days. On average, Colorado Springs sees 23 days at 90 degrees or higher, and Pueblo sees 72.

2020 was a particularly hot year with both Colorado Springs and Pueblo both seeing days with temperatures in excess of 90 degrees. 

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Santa Fe Family Injured in Fatal Colorado Car Crash

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Source: KRQE

Date: June 7, 2021 

Four Santa Fe residents, including two children, were badly injured in a deadly Colorado car accident on Monday. The crash occurred just after midnight on I-25 near Castle Rock, south of Denver. 

The accident began when a car carrying two people struck an elk in the road While they and another driver were standing on the side of the road, another car hit the elk, hit them, and then caused another crash involving two more cars.

The family from Santa Fe was in one of those cars – two adults and two 10 year olds. A total of eight people were taken to a hospital. 

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An 18-year-old woman, one of the people standing on the shoulder, was killed. Authorities have not released any identities. They do not believe alcohol, drugs, or speed played a role in the crash.

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5-Year-Old Boy Hit By a Car in a Colorado Springs Parking Lot

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Source: KKTV 

Date: June 3, 2021 

A 5-year-old boy died in the hospital after being struck by a car in a Colorado Springs parking lot. The pedestrian accident in Colorado Springs was reported around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday near 8th Street just north of Cheyenne Boulevard. This area is on the southwest side of the city. 

An officer at the scene reported that the boy suffered very serious injuries, and the driver remained onsite. 

The crash team in Colorado Springs is investigating the accident, and they do not suspect that the driver was impaired. 

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Source: KKTV

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Pedestrian Hit by Car in Colorado Springs

Source: KKTV

Date: May 25, 2021

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A pedestrian sustained injuries after a being hit by car during a car accident in Colorado Springs. The car accident in Colorado Springs today was reported after 4 p.m. at South Nevada Avenue and Arvada Street. The intersection is south of downtown Colorado Springs and near the I-25 exit.

The Colorado Springs auto accident is still under investigation.

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Champion cyclist killed in collision with DUI suspect in Colorado

May 18, 2021

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LAKEWOOD (Out There CO)-News broke on Sunday that a cyclist had been killed in Lakewood, Colorado, reportedly hit by a driver. The driver was suspected to be under the influence of drugs. The collision happened at approximately 10 AM.

According to the Denver Post, the deceased cyclist has since been identified as a reigning road race national champion Gwen Inglis, 47, by the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado. In the words of the organization, "[Gwen] was a multiple National and State Champion on the bike and very well known across the cycling community of Colorado."

According to Road-Results.com, Gwen most recently ranked 8th in the Pueblo Classic on April 24. She has dozens of wins recorded on the website and was a champion in the women's 45-49 age group.

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The person suspected of hitting Gwen while under the influence of drugs stayed at the scene. The driver was arrested with a DUI charge with the possibility of a vehicular manslaughter charge.

Gwen leaves behind her husband, Mike Inglis, who is also very involved in Colorado's cycling community.

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Constitution Avenue back open after serious crash

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UPDATE: According to police Constitution Avenue is back open for east and westbound traffic.

COLORADO SPRINGS (Fox 21)— According to the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD), Constitution Avenue is shut down between Villa Loma Drive and Oro Blanco Road for a major crash.

On Monday evening, CSPD tweeted just after 5:30 p.m. about a serious injury traffic accident that closed eastbound and westbound lanes on Constitution Avenue.

According to police, a car was traveling westbound on Constitution at a high rate of speed; it then fishtailed and hit a fence and tree, and the driver was ejected through the passenger side, sustaining serious injuries.

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Police say a driver was thrown from the car, resulting in serious injuries. / FOX21 Photojournalist Ray Harless

The Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the scene. Police ask that you avoid the area and to please be patient, as you may expect delays.

Sourced from Fox 21

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