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#376289 - 28/07/04 02:47 PM Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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Jeep falls 200 feet down cliff

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Jeep falls 200 feet down cliff; two dead
Two people were killed Tuesday afternoon when a Jeep with Missouri plates left the road on Black Bear Pass and tumbled down a cliff, authorities said.

The accident occurred about 4 p.m. in unincorporated San Miguel County. In heavy rain, the Jeep, heading west, was negotiating steep switchbacks down the mountain when it left the road and rolled at least 200 yards down the side of the mountain, said San Miguel sheriff's Sgt. Michael Westcott.

Colorado State Patrol officials were investigating the crash late Tuesday and did not identify the dead male and female, pending completion of the investigation and family notification. The victims have a large extended family on the Front Range, officials said.
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Last Year we drove down Black Bear Pass was raining too. Good luck to our frinds there.
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#376290 - 28/07/04 03:46 PM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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This is not good. Another jeep accident in AZ. Father and soon died yesterday on a rise known as Hundred Dollar Hill, located 18 miles northeast of Flagstaff. LINK
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#376291 - 28/07/04 06:16 PM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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Wow...that's too bad. frown

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#376292 - 28/07/04 08:25 PM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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I read the posts on the Jeep forum too, It is horrible. I could not imagine losing a club member. My prayers are with all, those X's traveling and those who lost a friend.

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#376293 - 28/07/04 10:51 PM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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Allen and Sue are in my Jeep club ( Midwest JeepThing ), and live right in my community. They are good people who have always been outgoing and friendly to me. They will be sorely missed by all. frown

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#376294 - 29/07/04 02:19 AM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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It's always hard to hear something like this. Over time you start to think that you're safe offroad and that nothing will happen. Then something like this reminds you that you need to keep your wits about you at all times. frown
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#376295 - 29/07/04 03:24 AM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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Yeah having driven that road myself I know how puckered I was. Dunno how I could do it if I could now. Would be eerie possibly. Wonder if the guys at GOX heard anything....
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#376296 - 29/07/04 06:16 AM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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I heard about this on the news last night. It sure is sad to hear about something like this hitting so close to home.
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#376297 - 29/07/04 11:35 AM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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So was it 200 feet or 200 yards?

Edit: yards apparently, and no seatbelt:
http://www.telluridegateway.com/articles/2004/07/28/news/top_stories/news01.txt
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#376298 - 29/07/04 11:41 AM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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#376299 - 29/07/04 01:27 PM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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Seatbelts would not have mattered in this instance. The jeep was completely crushed and actually the occupants might have faired better had the fall not been so far....

I know it sucks either way frown
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#376300 - 30/07/04 08:54 AM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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Right, seatbelts wouldn't have helped, but still, who the heck wouldn't have 'em on on Black Bear in the first place?
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#376301 - 30/07/04 09:49 AM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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Well I'm back from GOX early. I had a very close call on one one of the trails we ran on Wednesday afternoon. I slid both right side tires off the trail on what should have been a very easy section of trail. The truck was sitting almost totally off the trail when it finally came to a stop, but was still rocking to the downhill side. I was freaked out!. It took about a half hour to get me out of the truck and another hour to get my truck back on the trail. I was such a mess that I could not even drive the upcoming obstacle on the trail. When we finally got back to camp I had already decided that it was a little too close of a call and ended my adventures at GOX. I drove the 12 hours home the next morning. I'm not done wheeling, just for a while. Nobody wants the trip of a lifetime to end a lifetime. frown
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#376302 - 30/07/04 09:53 AM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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Glad you are ok spooky1. Hope you will back soon wheeling again.

What about your truck?

Why this happened?
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#376303 - 30/07/04 10:02 AM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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Originally posted by spooky1:
I was such a mess that I could not even drive the upcoming obstacle on the trail.
Believe me, I can relate. I force myself to do offcamber stuff, but I wuss out so often. I just panic. I've been out wheeling 3-4 times since the incident, and I still freak out. Wheeling feels like a chore now, I hope it gets fun again soon.
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#376304 - 30/07/04 10:19 AM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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Got any pics of your mishap, Ryan? What trail was it on?

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#376305 - 30/07/04 10:58 AM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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#376306 - 30/07/04 01:28 PM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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Originally posted by OffroadX:
Right, seatbelts wouldn't have helped, but still, who the heck wouldn't have 'em on on Black Bear in the first place?
True. I had mine on and a death grip on the steering wheel when I went down it....FUCK!!!!
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#376307 - 31/07/04 04:47 PM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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The Jeep incident on Black Bear wasn't the only one we experienced this week. We saw a fresh rollover on the backside of Schofield Pass on Friday morning.

The location of the rollover was well before the famed shelf road so hopefully it won't add to the stigma of the trail. The rollover appeared recent and the Jeep was in the creek about 75 feet below the road. The axles appeared to be broken but everything else appeared to be in working order.

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#376308 - 31/07/04 08:10 PM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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WOW bad week for wheelers
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#376309 - 02/08/04 07:52 AM Re: Jeep falls 200 feet on Black Bear Pass
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We got a little information on Saturady from a tour driver.

The accident was on the 4th switch back.

We found this turn very tight this time. A couple people got tippy on this section. Adding rain, it would be terrifing.

The accident spooked a couple of us....making the trip down even more stressful..

my $.02

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