An Oklahoma City pastor and his family were involved in a serious accident Monday night on Wolf Creek Pass.
Around 7 p.m., Lenniere Victorian, 31, of Texas, was driving a semi-truck hauling asphalt shingles westbound on the pass and tried to travel into the lower runaway ramp. The semi rolled over onto its passenger side, and the trailer rolled onto its roof, sliding across the road. The trailer hit head-on into an eastbound GMC Yukon driven by the Rev. Rodney Beavers, Colorado State Patrol Public Information Officer Nate Reid said.
Beavers was accompanied by his wife, Cindy, and children, Morgan, 18, and Preston, 12. The parents were trapped for a short time in the front seat of the Yukon, Reid said.
Rodney Beavers, 46, was transported by ambulance to the Pagosa Mountain Hospital and later airlifted to St. Anthonys Hospital Trauma Center in Denver, where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday.
Cindy Beavers was airlifted to Mercy Regional Medical Center. David Bruzzese, spokesman for Mercy, said she was in serious condition as of Tuesday night. The Beavers two children were taken by ambulance to Mercy, where they were treated and released.
Victorian was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.
The semi rolled over, and it did leak some diesel fuel, looks like 20 or 30 gallons, Reid said. Hazmat was called, and the site was cleaned up.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation. The motor-carrier safety troopers inspect all commercial vehicles involved in accidents, Reid said, and the crash report may not be available until that inspection is complete. Victorian was charged with careless driving causing injury.
The Evangelical Covenant Church said on its website that Rodney Beavers is the executive pastor and operations director of the Westmoore Community Covenant Church in Oklahoma City.
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