Teen driver in crash on 285 saved by safety equipment

Seat belts and airbags saved the driver in this crash.

ALAMOSA—The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a vehicle versus guardrail and message board sign crash Monday morning on U.S. 285 at milepost 32.4, approximately two miles south of Alamosa.
At approximately 8:35 a.m. Aug.26, an orange 2006 orange Chevrolet Cobalt car driven by Areana Atencio, 18 of Antonito, was northbound on the highway when it veered off the west side of the highway and collided with a guardrail, rotated and rolled onto its side and collided with a concrete and steel state message board.  
After impact with the message board, the Chevy rolled back onto its wheels coming to rest facing east against the VMS message board.
Atencio was transported by ambulance to the Alamosa Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.
The seat belt was in use and the airbag deployed. Both were credited as a reason why more serious or fatal injury didn’t result from the crash, according to CSP Trooper Kelly Rippe.
Cause of the crash is still under investigation at this time.

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