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A car is off the north side of the summit of Pikes Peak, down about 500 ft. 1 injured teenage survivor, possibly 2 persons still trapped. Will be a difficult high angle rescue. Lifeguard 3 waiting on a holding pad on the mountain. El Paso SAR, GMF FD, CSPD and AMR on the summit.

At 1615: Apparently just one patient in deteriorating condition. Helo for hoist lift requested from Buckley. Ft Carson unable to provide.

Source: GMF/Cascade FD 154.43, FFL 155.355, El Paso DTRS TG's: El Paso SAR, PP Hwy 1 & 2, Orange C9; Butts AAF flt follow 138.15
 
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6/25 2:03 pm Pikes Peak a car over the edge at the summit. LG-3 reporting 1200-1500 ft down advising heavy extrication needed. Cascade fire e/r trying to get El Paso SAR enroute. Unk number of pts. NFI EP800 C-9 and SAR ch's

6/25 2:44 pm Pikes Peak U/D: EPSAR has one member at the vehicle, advising only one passenger who's been ejected, and now making his way to that person.

6/25 3:59 pm Pikes Peak U/D: SAR has a live victim, and trying to expedite removal from scene. Checking on a Chinook or other type of helo with winching capabilities.
 

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6/25 4:26 pm Pikes Peak u/d: Crash is in the area known as the "Bottomless Pit". Conflicting reports as to whether car went off from the summit parking lot or the switchback nearest the top. Helo from Buckley should be e/r soon.
 

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Rescue crews have now requested a Chinook helicopter to evacuate a 17-year-old boy whose vehicle plunged 1,000 feet off Pikes Peak Highway near the summit. Initial reports said the boy was conscious, but had suffered extensive cuts. However, his condition is worsening.

The Chinook helicopter was called in after a Black Hawk helicopter was unable to help the boy off the mountain because of gusty winds. Rescue crews are trying to pull the boy to the summit of Pikes Peak. They then hope to load him into the Chinook so it can take him to a hospital.
 

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6/25 9:04 pm Pikes Peak LUD: Pt picked off of the mountain with a Chinook and TX to Memorial Hosp about 30 ago.
 

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Heard about that on the local news last evening. I took a trip up Pike's Peak last year on the cog railway. The highway runs close by the tracks, geez, no WAY I'd have the nerve to drive OR ride that highway up that mountain. Most of the road has no guardrailing and it is just too easy to drive off it and the drop's a doozy. Those guys that do that race up the mountain every year must have nerves of steel!
 

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Heard about that on the local news last evening. I took a trip up Pike's Peak last year on the cog railway. The highway runs close by the tracks, geez, no WAY I'd have the nerve to drive OR ride that highway up that mountain. Most of the road has no guardrailing and it is just too easy to drive off it and the drop's a doozy. Those guys that do that race up the mountain every year must have nerves of steel!

How often do you hit the guard rails when driving? Do you really need them to stay between the lines? Shelf roads are a great example of psychological hurdles we give ourselves. They are even more fun when they are jeep trails high up on some mountainside :)

I think if the youngster can remember what happened it'll either be texting at the wrong time and place or attempted suicide. My bet is on attempted.
 

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Fox31 just reported that it was an attempted suicide after a bad breakup with his gf.

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http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/21570529.html#

http://www.gazette.com/articles/peak_37650___article.html/pikes_road.html

The Gazette, Jerilee Bennett

Teen rescued off Pikes Peak
TOURISTS WATCHED: 17-year-old drove his car off summit into ‘Bottomless Pit’
June 25, 2008 - 2:03PM
BY CARLYN RAY MITCHELL
THE GAZETTE

A 17-year-old whose girlfriend had reportedly just broken up with him drove his car off of the Pikes Peak summit Wednesday afternoon in front of a crowd of tourists, witnesses and police said.

It took rescuers more than eight hours and one failed helicopter rescue attempt to pull the teen 900 feet back to the top, where he was taken via Chinook helicopter to Memorial Hospital.

Just after 1 p.m., the teen, who has not been identified, drove his car off the northwest edge of the summit at about 35 mph, said Steve Sperry with El Paso County Search and Rescue.

The boy was ejected from his car, which landed 1,000 feet below the summit in an area known as the "Bottomless Pit."

Dozens of hikers, tourists on the cog railway and those who had also driven to the summit witnessed the incident and scrambled across the parking lot to see what became of the driver, said Lt. Rick Johnson of the Pikes Peak rangers.

"That's how we knew it," said Johnson. "We didn't see it."

The full extent of his injuries was unknown Wednesday night, but Johnson said the teen had cuts and pain throughout his body.

"I'm sure he got knocked around a bit," Johnson said.

Dave Doren, a search and rescue team member who hiked down and helped pull the teen up, said the teen was conscious and breathing the entire time he was on the side of the mountain.

At the scene, a Colorado Springs police officer was overheard telling tourists, who arrived by the trainload throughout the afternoon, that the 17-year-old had just broken up with his girlfriend.

The Pikes Peak Highway was closed to drivers.

First on the scene was Bill Duck, with the Pikes Peak Highway rangers, who was inside the Summit House giving a presentation to tourists at the time of the accident.

Not far behind him were South Dakota members of the U.S. Forest Service who just happened to have driven to the summit Wednesday afternoon.

Using a fire hose from their truck, they were the first rescuers to reach the teen.

When El Paso County Search and Rescue arrived, they sent a medic down to stabilize the teen and laid rope to begin the rescue effort.

"They are just making him as comfortable as possible," Sperry said Wednesday afternoon.

By 3:30 p.m., rescuers decided helicopter assistance would get the boy to a hospital much faster than an ambulance that would have to drive back down the mountain.

At 5:10 p.m., a Black Hawk helicopter from Buckley Air Force Base arrived. An hour later, the pilot told rescuers on the ground he was unable to reach the teen.

The search and rescue team immediately began the slow process of hoisting him up as they waited for a Chinook helicopter to fly in from Buckley.

By 8 p.m., helmeted rescuers could be seen from the top with a litter in hand, the blazing pink sunset over the Rocky Mountains behind them.

The helicopter landed on the summit 20 minutes later, and by 8:30, the boy was en route to the hospital.

"The whole thing today was interesting, just thinking five more minutes, five more minutes, five more minutes," Tim Hayden with El Paso County Search and Rescue said to the group of rescuers after the teen was on the way to the hospital. "I just couldn't believe the cooperation up here today."

Also on scene were officials from Cascade Fire, Green Mountain Falls Fire, Colorado Springs Fire and Colorado Springs police.

Hayden said the afternoon was full of frustrating judgment calls.

"Do we do the ground evac or wait for the helicopter?" he said.

A similar scene on Pikes Peak summit took place in 1992, when a college student whose girlfriend had broken up with him drove off the mountain.

He did not survive.
 

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I wonder

Do you suppose he will ever date again?

Does insurance pay for car repairs, when you drive off the cliff?
 

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What the heck is his condition? Must have messed it somewhere between the two news sources... :confused:
He was conscious the entire time, although his LOC changed a bit. The visible external injuries didn't sound too severe, but no idea on internal, and not much as been said since it happened.
 
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