Accident in Central City closes Eureka Street temporarily

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Residents see lots of first responders on New Year’s Day

by Barbara Thielemann

Someone ran under a giant construction backhoe parked at the intersection of Eureka and Prosser Street in Central City. They had to be cut out of the severely damaged car. From the cemeteries above, a helicopter lifted him to a Denver Hospital in very serious condition. The front of the car was flat as a pancake. Eureka Street was closed temporarily before Black Hawk Police and Sheriff’s Office and Gilpin Ambulance personnel diverted and directed traffic down and up the “up” side of Eureka. It took several hours to clear the scene and restore standard traffic patterns.
The Black Hawk/Central City Sanitation District has been working through the month of December to fix the drainage problems on the H Street and Prosser Street at the juncture of Eureka Street. The digging machinery was pretty well tucked out of the way and marked off with cones, so it is not known exactly how this accident could have happened at this time. Since the car was pancaked with the front end and front seat pushed to the rear, it is speculated that excessive speed may have been a factor and the driver apparently didn’t make the slight right turn to the “down” side of the road split.

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