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Driver leaves scene of crash on Ash Street in Cortez

Driver of other vehicle is taken to Southwest Memorial
A two-car crash Monday in Cortez sent the driver of a white sedan to the hospital. The driver of the green van allegedly fled the scene in another vehicle that pulled up, according to the Cortez Police Department. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)

A two-car crash Monday afternoon in Cortez sent one driver to the hospital, and the other driver left the scene, according to the Cortez Police Department.

The crash happened about 12:30 p.m. and involved a green minivan and a white sedan at the intersection of South Ash Street and East Third Street.

A male driver of the white sedan was pinned in his car and required extrication, said Cortez Patrol Lt. Rex Brinkerhoff.

The man was transported to Southwest Memorial Hospital, was conscious and able to speak.

Brinkerhoff said witnesses reported that the female driver of the green van got into a vehicle that had pulled up and left the scene. Police were looking for the vehicle, described as a green Chevy Trailblazer SUV.

Airbags in both vehicles deployed. The green van had front-end damage, and the sedan had damage to the driver’s side. A street sign was knocked over from the crash, and the collision pushed the sedan onto the sidewalk.

The intersection has a stop sign for drivers on South Ash Street. The crash is under investigation.

A neighbor said she heard a loud bang and said drivers often run the stop sign at that location.

Cortez Fire Protection District crews and a Southwest Health System ambulance also responded to the incident.