January 2, 2012 in Nation/World

Driver killed in windstorm

Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. – A Colorado man who was killed when a 3-foot tree branch flew through his windshield and impaled him in the chest was able to steer the car to safety before losing consciousness.

The wife of 61-year-old James Baker-Jarvis told the Daily Camera that her husband was able to pull over, saving her from any injury. Baker-Jarvis died later at a hospital.

Saturday’s incident north of Boulder came as high winds swept through the Northern Rockies, toppling two semis, forcing shutdowns along long stretches of highways and causing some 19,000 power failures throughout Colorado.

In Wyoming, two people were injured Saturday when debris blew off the roof of a Cheyenne Sam’s Club store. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that at least five other people were treated at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for wind-related injuries.

In Fort Collins, Colo., wind toppled a large light pole at Hughes Stadium, home of the Colorado State University football team. The Coloradoan reports that the pole crashed onto the upper press box level and slid down into stadium seating. There were no injuries reported.

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