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Attention Deficit

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a delay by Pueblo-based dispatchers to send a trooper to a minor accident near the town of Fountain just before Christmas. A car had hit a deer at 1:30 a.m., and was left without any lights. A trooper wasn’t sent out for nine minutes, but four minutes after finally sending one another car came along; the driver didn’t see the unlit car until too late and swerved, then rolled. The driver, Heather Clinton, 20, was killed; her brother, Earl, 22, was seriously injured. The reason for the dispatch delay? At least one dispatcher was “distracted,” said Col. James Wolfinbarger, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, because they were “watching a Christmas movie” in the station. (RC/Denver Post) ...And another angel got her wings.
Publication Date: 27 December 2009
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 16.
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