Dad, son, harm in plumbing accident – KION546

By Logan Smith

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EDWARDS, Colo. (KCNC) — A father and his son who worked in a utility room beneath a Beaver Creek Resort Hotel were injured Friday.

The Eagle River Fire Protection District reported that its crews responded at 2 p.m. to The Charter in Beaver Creek for two people injured.

These crews were escorted to two injured men near a gate to the parking garage beneath the hotel. Both men were taken to hospitals.

“A valve assembly in the engine room appears to have released a large amount of high-pressure water,” the fire department said in a press release. “The reporter was extremely disturbed.”

The force of the water pushed against a wall of cinder blocks, partially collapsing them.

Outside the parking garage, water turned to ice. As a result, Offerson Road was closed from Avondale Lane to Village Road, cutting vehicle access to and from the ski area behind the hotel in half.

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amber Barrett told CBS4 Monday the two are a father and son. The father suffered more serious injuries and was taken to an undisclosed Denver hospital, Barrett said. The son stayed at Vail Valley Medical Center.

The extent of her injuries and her health are unknown, she added.

Barrett called the incident a “serious accident.”

Barrett said the partially collapsed wall was unsustainable. For this reason, the emergency services decided that the hotel did not have to be evacuated.

Neither the fire department nor the spokesman for the sheriff’s office knew whether the two men were employed by the hotel to work on the water system.

CBS4 reached out to the hotel’s owners Monday night for a statement. This story will be updated with every reply.

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