UPS driver a ‘Good Samaritan’

Man stays with elderly woman until ambulance arrives

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An off-duty UPS driver came to an elderly woman’s aid Saturday night.

Hermosa resident Brad Sieber, 52, was driving from Telluride toward Dolores around 5:15 p.m. Saturday when he saw cloud of dust and a van and some people standing off the side of Highway 145 near the West Fork turnoff.

Sieber scaled down an embankment and stayed with the elderly woman for an hour until a rescue crew arrived around 6:15 p.m., said his sister, Susi Sieber, owner of the Rio Grande Southern Hotel.

The elderly woman injured her forearm and had a neck brace put around her neck, Susi Sieber said.

Billy McCoy, public information officer for Dolores Fire Department, confirmed the accident took place between mile markers 21 and 22 on the east side of the highway.

The vehicle, which McCoy described as a black SUV, was up against a tree. The woman was rescued with a rope mechanism, put inside a basket, and lifted to the road above. She was transported to Southwest Memorial Hospital, McCoy said.

Charlotte Sieber, 51, who was riding with her husband Brad, went to a nearby house to call 911 because their cell phones weren’t working, Susi Sieber said. Brad Sieber directed his wife to a home he was familiar with from making deliveries in the area.

Brad Sieber has worked for UPS for 20 years, his sister said. He makes deliveries to Durango, Dolores, Rico and Mancos.

A service dog that was in the SUV was apparently OK.