Helicopter crashes, bursts into flames in South Rifle

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Courtesy Garfield County

RIFLE, Colo. (KDVR) — Two people have been hospitalized Saturday morning after a helicopter crash in southern Rifle, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

The department says the crash happened at around 7 a.m. along Airport Road, as the small helicopter was inspecting power lines for Xcel Energy.

The chopper reportedly burst in flames after the two occupants made it out. They were transported to Grand River Hospital for treatment.

Xcel Energy released this statement Saturday:

This morning, a helicopter carrying a subcontracting crew for us went down near Rifle Colorado. The crew was taking pictures for future work on the lines. What we know is the two crew members were taken to the hospital for observation. Our thoughts are with the crew members and their families. We will be working with officials in their investigation.

Michelle Aguayo, Xcel Energy

No details yet as to what caused the crash.

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