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Driver uninjured after SUV goes down embankment after driving off Highway 285

Rescuers said the vehicle went about 250 feet down the embankment.
Credit: Keith Schneider/West Metro Fire Rescue

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A driver was uninjured after their SUV went down a steep embankment off of Highway 285 Thursday afternoon.

West Metro Fire District Chief Keith Schneider said the SUV traveled about 200-250 feet down the embankment.

Schneider said the vehicle came to rest on a cliff base and a small tree was the only thing keeping the SUV from going further down into the canyon.

Rescuers said the vehicle was in a precarious position and needed to be stabilized before they could begin bringing the driver up to the road. 

Once the vehicle was secured, crews performed a high-angle rescue and used a litter to get the driver to Highway 285. 

The driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Officials said the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the road.

This happened on Highway 285 near the Highway 8 interchange.

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