Woman Injured After Jeep Plunges Down Cliff Is Improving

A woman who survived a horrifying Jeep accident near Telluride, Colorado is improving but has an estimated two years of rehab in front of her.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

October 22, 20202 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

The footage from the Jeep accident on Black Bear Pass near Telluride, Colorado, is shocking.

If you are unfamiliar with the story, a Jeep with a passenger and two dogs plummeted down the mountainside earlier this month and the events were captured on another vehicle’s dash cam.

End over end the Jeep flipped right in front of the other vehicle on a road that few would dare to traverse.

And it was all captured on video.

Amazingly, the passenger — Suzie Rhodes — and her dogs survived. They were ejected from the vehicle.

The driver wasn’t injured, according to media reports, as he was outside the vehicle attempting to help another car on the very narrow pass when the Jeep began to roll down the mountain.

The Durango Herald reports that the driver “told authorities he shut off the Jeep’s engine, applied the emergency brake then stepped out of the vehicle to help a driver behind him around a tight turn.”

“The Jeep, however, started to roll with the 23-year-old woman and two dogs inside and went off Black Bear Pass, rolling several times. The woman and dogs were ejected from the vehicle.”

A GoFundMe page has been set-up to help with the woman’s medical bills. 

The organizer of the page, Zoe Faller, said doctors estimate that Rhodes has “two years of extensive rehabilitation” in front of her.

“Suzie is such an amazing strong woman. She is working daily on her progress. She is now able to sit up in her wheelchair and was outside a couple days ago to see her beloved black lab puppy Decker,” she wrote.

“She is such a fighter. Please continue to keep her in your prayers,” she said.

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

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