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Dispatchers suspended after Christmas movie distraction led to delayed response in fatal crash

By Joey Bunch
The Denver Post
POSTED: 12/22/2009 01:00:00 AM MST
UPDATED: 12/22/2009 09:51:40 AM MST

The Colorado State Patrol suspended three staff members as part of an internal investigation into the delayed dispatch of troopers to a report of a disabled car on Interstate 25 near Fountain, minutes before a fatal accident.

At least one dispatcher was distracted by "watching a Christmas movie," Col. James Wolfinbarger, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, told reporters at a news conference Monday, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The driver of a Mazda sedan called the State Patrol's Pueblo dispatch center about 1:30 a.m. Thursday to report hitting a deer. The accident left the car disabled in the roadway without flashers or lights.

The State Patrol said Monday that it was nine minutes before that message was passed to a trooper.

Thirteen minutes after the ini

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Added: Dec-22-2009 Occurred On: Dec-22-2009
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Tags: state patrol, suspension, christmas movie, fatal accident
Location: Denver, Colorado, United States (load item map)
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